At the margins of the United Nations General Assembly meetings, Tonga’s Prime Minister Honourable Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva was invited to speak at a Side Event to mark the celebration of the International Day of Peace at the United Nations on 22 September, 2016.
With emphasis on the theme of Sustainable Development Goals as building blocks for Peace, the Honourable Prime Minister joined heads of governments, United Nations Ambassadors, Nobel Prize Laureates and prominent leaders across the sectors in deliberating on commitments to world peace and actions to take, to achieve peace.
Speaking at the event, the Prime Minister Pohiva stated that the position of world leaders, is one of trust and that leadership at all levels without morality is doomed leading to on-going world-wide uncertainty and misery.
As Chief Guest at the event, the Prime Minister Pohiva reiterated that leaders have a great deal of discretionary powers being responsible for decisions that can markedly affect individuals, national, regional and the international community.
Prime Minister Pohiva further added that the United Nations has signed the United Nations Charter seventy years ago to pledge to protect future generations from the scourge of war and to build a new type of relationship, guided by a set of principles and purposes. To this day, that purpose continues to be the United Nations seeking to achieve peace, justice and development for all humanity.
“Being world leaders demand the highest standard of probity, honesty, integrity, accountability, perseverance and persistence in the exercise of their leadership role for the common good of all people,” said the Prime Minister.
Following the conclusion of the event, the Prime Minister Pohiva was awarded a Certificate of Honour as the Honorary International Consultant of Peace, by the President of the Federation of World Peace and Love (FOWPAL), Dr Hong Tao-Tze, the host and major organizer of the Side Event.