G77 Chair Calls for Strengthening of ECOSOC

Monday, November 11, 2013
New York

Speaking in Fiji's capacity as Chair of the Group of 77 and China, Ambassador Peter Thomson called for strengthening of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) at the United Nations in New York today.   He said the Group believes ECOSOC should play a pivotal role at the United Nations, especially in relation to the accelerated completion of the MDGs and the elaboration of the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

Fiji's Ambassador addressing the UN General Assembly today

Comoros and Fiji Establish Diplomatic Relations

Thursday, November 7, 2013
New York

The Union of the Comoros and the Republic of Fiji formalised diplomatic relations at a ceremony at the Fiji Mission to the United Nations in New York on 7th November, 2013. The Permanent Representative of the Union of the Comoros to the United Nations, Ambassador Roubani Kaambi and his Fijian counterpart, Ambassador Peter Thomson, today signed a joint communiqué establishing diplomatic relations between the two States.

Ambassadors Kaambi and Thomson at the formalization ceremony

Ceremonial Meeting of the Group of 77 & China Appoints 2014 Chair

Thursday, November 7, 2013
New York

A ceremonial meeting of the Group of 77 & China was held at Ambassadorial level at the United Nations today to elect the Plurinational State of Bolivia as the Group’s 2014 Chair. The meeting was presided over by Fiji’s Ambassador Peter Thomson and heard addresses from the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr Jan Eliasson, and the Chef de Cabinet of the President of the General Assembly’s Office, Dr Paulette Bethel.

(left to right): 2014 G77 Chair, Ambassador Soliz of Bolivia, welcomed to the podium by 2013 G77 Chair, Ambassador Thomson of Fiji, and UN Deputy Secretary-General Eliasson

G77 Chair Urges UN Action on Elimination of Racism and Racial Discrimination

Monday, November 4, 2013
New York

Speaking in Fiji's capacity as Chair of the Group of 77 and China, Ambassador Peter Thomson addressed the  UN's Third Committee today on the need for enhanced global action on the eradication of racism and racial discrimination.  He said the Group of 77 calls on the United Nations system and the international community to oppose religious intolerance and xenophobia and to enhance dialogue with the aim of promoting tolerance, mutual understanding and respect of ethnic, cultural and religious diversity.   Ambassador Thomson said that respect for diversity was crit

G77 Chair Addresses the UN's Capital Master Plan

Thursday, October 31, 2013
New York

Speaking in Fiji’s capacity as 2013 Chair of the Group of 77 and China, Fijian Ambassador Peter Thomson, today delivered the Group’s response to the proposed programme budget for the UN’s Capital Master Plan (CMP). The CMP’s budget for the biennium 2014-2015 was presented to the 5th Committee of the General Assembly by the UN Secretariat earlier this morning.

Fijian Ambassador Thomson, addresses the UN's 5th Committee

Fiji Participates in UN Peacekeeping Review Meeting

Wednesday, October 30, 2013
New York

Fiji's Ambassador Peter Thomson addressed the United Nations 4th Committee today on the subject of the comprehensive review of UN peacekeeping operations.  He said that given its long-standing committment to UN Peacekeeping, Fiji has a keen interest in all peacekeeping review issues.

G77 Chair Calls for Global Attention to Sustainable Urban Development

Monday, October 28, 2013
New York

Speaking at the United Nations today in Fiji's capacity as 2013 Chair of the Group of 77 and China, Fijian Ambassador Peter Thomson said that sustainable urban development has become "one of the most pressing global challenges of the 21st Century".  He called for sustainable cities to be given all due attention in the formulation of the Post-2015 development agenda.

Fijian Chair Convenes G77 Ambassadors Meeting on Finance

Monday, October 28, 2013
New York

Ambassadors of the Group of 77 and China met today at the United Nations to deliberate on the role of finance in the Post-2015 Development Agenda.  The meeting's Chair, Fijian Ambassador Peter Thomson, convened the meeting as one of the series of G77 Ambassadorial meetings aimed at best informing the Group in its preparations for the world's Post-2015 Development Agenda.  He said the theme of today's meeting was finance for development.

Dr Mansur Muhtar and Ambassador Thomson address the G77 Ambassadorial Meeting
Fiji's Ambassador Thomson introducing H.M. Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, to the Group of 77 Ambassadorial Meeting, 28 Oct, 2013

Pacific SIDS Ambassadors Work on Safeguarding Oceans

Thursday, October 24, 2013
New York

The New York-based Ambassadors of the Pacific Small Island Developing States (PSIDS) met today to discuss joint action on safeguarding the World's Oceans.  The action is being taken in relation to the United Nations formulation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for the World's Post-2015 Development Agenda.

Pacfic SIDS Ambassadors in New York

Fiji Addresses United Nations on Effects of Globalisation

Wednesday, October 23, 2013
New York

Economic globalisation presents both opportunities and challenges for developing countries.  Speaking in Fiji's capacity as Chair of the 133-member Group of 77 and China, Fiji's Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador Peter Thomson, addressed the UN's Second Committee in New York today on the subject of economic globalisation.

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