Ambassador Peter Thomson
H.E. Mr Peter Thomson
Permanent Representative of Fiji to the United Nations
Ambassador Peter Thomson took up office as Fiji’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in February 2010. He serves concurrently as Fiji’s Ambassador to Cuba. Ambassador Thomson has held office as Vice President of the UN General Assembly for the 2011-2012 session and as President of the Assembly of the International Seabed Authority for the 2011-2012 session. For the duration of 2013, he chaired the United Nation's largest negotiating bloc, the Group of 77 and China. From January 2014 to January 2015, he served as President of the Executive Board of UNDP/UNFPA/UNOPS. He is currently the President of the Council of the International Seabed Authority for its 2015-2016 session.
He was born in Suva, Fiji in 1948, and was educated at Suva Grammar School and Natabua High School. In 1966-67, he attended the International Centre at Sevenoaks School, UK. He graduated from Auckland University (B.A. Political Studies) in New Zealand, and Cambridge University (Post-Grad Diploma in Development Studies) in the United Kingdom. He married his wife Marijcke Thomson in Suva in 1973, and they have two children and three grand-children.
Between 1972 and 1987 Ambassador Thomson worked as a civil servant in the Government of Fiji in the fields of rural development and foreign affairs. His government career began as a district officer in the rural regions of Navua, Macuata and Taveuni. In 1978 he joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Suva, where he worked on political, protocol and foreign aid responsibilities, before being seconded to the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat in 1979.
The Government of Fiji posted him to Tokyo in 1980 as Chargé d’Affaires, with the responsibility of opening the Fiji Embassy in Japan. He remained in Tokyo thereafter as First Secretary (Economic) until 1984, when he was appointed Fiji Consul-General in Sydney.
In 1986 he returned to Fiji to become Permanent Secretary of Information, first under the leadership of Prime Minister Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara, and then under Prime Minister Dr Timoci Bavadra. In May 1987 he was appointed Permanent Secretary to the Governor-General, Ratu Sir Penaia Ganilau, a position he held until his resignation from the civil service.
Ambassador Thomson has been a board member of the Fiji Visitors Bureau, Fiji TV and Fiji Broadcasting Commission. From 1988 to 2009 he worked in private enterprise as a company director and investment/management consultant specializing in Pacific affairs, with clients ranging from government agencies to regional organizations, banks, universities and investment corporations. He was a founding director of Tabua Investments Ltd, the Denarau Island Resort development company.
Ambassador Thomson is a founder member of the executive committees of the Australia-Fiji Business Council and the New Zealand-Fiji Business Council, and in 2007 was made a life member of the latter council. He is a published author, with one of his books, ‘Kava in the Blood’, being the winner of a Montana book award for non-fiction. In 2014 he was made an Officer of the Order of Fiji, an award bestowed by the President of Fiji recognising contributions and achievements by Fijians to the nation.
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