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Remarks by
Hon. Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi,
Prime Minister of Samoa
Flag Lowering Ceremony
Thursday, 4 September 2014
Susuga i le Peresetene Aisoli Iuli,
Your Excellency Mr. WU Hongbo,
Members of Cabinet,
Members of Parliament,
Members of the Judiciary,
Distinguished Guests,
Ladies and Gentlemen
Samoa’s journey as host of the Third International Conference on SIDS
began in September 2012 when our fellow Pacific brothers agreed for
Samoa to represent the Pacific. Since day one, my country has been
overwhelmed by the support of the international community and in
particular the UN Secretariat to help my small island nation host the
biggest conference ever held in our part of the world.
We gather here at the same spot where the children of Samoa
welcomed the world to complete the final act of the partnership
arrangement between the United Nations and Samoa for the hosting of
the SIDS Conference. Five days ago Samoa entrusted this venue to the
United Nations. I would like on the occasion of this ceremony to express
our heartfelt appreciation and thank you to the United Nations for the
great and careful care with which they looked after all the delegates and
visitors including our own people that used the venue throughout the
conference. While this ceremony maybe a necessary requirement for all
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UN Conference, for Samoa it marks a very important part of the journey
that we took together with the United Nations to enable our country to
host the Conference.
In this connection, I would again like to thank the Secretary General of
the Conference, Mr Wu Hongbo and through him the Secretary General
of the United Nations and the staff of the United Nations for the close
guidance they provided throughout the preparation of this Venue to
meet the requirements for the Conference.
To all our partners from UN member states, NGOs, Civil Society, Private
Sector and International Government Organisations, I would like to
thank you for being such marvellous guests in graciously accepting the
modest arrangements Samoa was able to provide during your stay with
Finally, I thank again from the bottom of my heart His Highness the
Head of State, the Cabinet, the Speaker, the Leader of the Opposition
and Members of Parliament, the Chief Justice and the Judiciary, the
Church Leaders, Traditional Leaders and Village Councils and all our
people for the tremendous pride in our country that has shown
throughout in Samoa’s hosting of the Conference.
Faafetai. Faafetai tele lava.
God Bless, Soifua