24th August 07:55 AM
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres arrives at Nausori Airport
By Lena Reece
Wednesday 15/05/2019
United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres being escorted by Commander RFMF Rear Admiral Viliame Naupoto and Minister for Foreign Affairs Inia Seruiratu. Photo: Fijian Government

United Nations Secretary‑General António Guterres was accorded a 100 men guard of honour by members of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces upon arrival last night at the Nausori airport.

Guterres was welcomed by the Minister for Defence, Inia Seruiratu.

The historic visit will be the first to the Pacific by UN Secretary‑General Guterres and he will be accorded a traditional welcome ceremony with the Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama at 8.40 this morning at the Grand Pacific Hotel where members of Parliament will also be present.

Guterres will then attend the Pacific Islands Forum Programme where he will meet with the Pacific Islands Forum Chair and President of Nauru, Baron Waqa and the Forum Secretary General Dame Meg Taylor at 9.45am.

This will be followed by a High Level Political Dialogue at 10.30am with the Pacific Islands Forum where he will hear the Forum’s statement on the Roadmap to the UN Climate Action Summit 2019 before making a joint statement with the Pacific Islands Forum’s Chair and Secretary General.

Tomorrow, Guterres will pay a courtesy call to President Jioji Konrote at 9am at Borron House and he will then be invited to a tree planting program.

A bilateral meeting will also be held between Guterres and Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama at 9.35am at the Office of the Prime Minister before he addresses Parliament at 10.15am tomorrow.

Guterres will also attend a Wreath Laying Ceremony at 1.10pm at the National War Memorial in Veiuto before participating in an interactive session with youth at the University of the South Pacific at 2.10pm.

The UN Secretary General will then attend a Women’s Talanoa and Climate Change session at 3.40pm also at USP.

Guterres will then attend at welcoming reception and dinner hosted by the Prime Minister at GPH at 6.30pm tomorrow.

Guterres will then depart the Nausori Airport for Tuvalu on Friday morning.

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