Minister Luveni Addresses UNIDO General Conference in Peru

Monday, December 2, 2013
Lima, Peru

Fiji's Minister for Women, Dr Jiko Luveni, addressed the UNIDO General Conference in Lima, Peru today. Speaking in Fiji's capacity as the Chair of the Group of 77 and China, Minister Luveni's statement followed on directly after the speeches given by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and President Ollanto Humala of Peru.

Minister Luveni addressing UNIDO General Conference

Fijian Envoy Delivers Statement at UN on Sustainable Development Goals

Monday, November 25, 2013
New York

Fiji’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Peter Thomson, has urged the global community to recognise that inclusive and sustained economic growth is absolutely necessary for the imperative of poverty eradication.

Burkina Faso and Fiji Establish Diplomatic Relations

Thursday, November 21, 2013
New York

The Government of Burkina Faso and the Republic of Fiji formalised diplomatic relations at a ceremony at the Fiji Mission to the United Nations in New York on 22 November 2013. The Permanent Representative of Burkina Faso to the United Nations, Ambassador Der Kogda and his Fijian counterpart, Ambassador Peter Thomson, signed the joint communiqué establishing diplomatic relations between the two States.

Ambassadors Kogda and Thomson at the formalization ceremony
Ambassadors Kogda and Thomson at the formalization ceremony

G77 Chair Advocates for Sanitation

Tuesday, November 19, 2013
New York

Speaking in Fiji’s capacity as 2013 Chair of the Group of 77 and China, Fijian Ambassador Peter Thomson, today addressed the United Nations on the importance of giving prominence to improved sanitation in the global Post-2015 Development Agenda. The focus in New York today on sanitation was due to 19th November being designated by the United Nations as “World Toilet Day”.

Ambassador Thomson addressing UN on World Toilet Day

Monaco and Fiji Establish Diplomatic Relations

Wednesday, November 13, 2013
New York

The Principality of Monaco and the Republic of Fiji formalised diplomatic relations at a ceremony at the Fiji Mission to the United Nations in New York on 13th November, 2013. The Permanent Representative of Monaco to the United Nations, Ambassador Isabelle Picco and her Fiji counterpart, Ambassador Peter Thomson, today signed a joint communiqué establishing diplomatic relations between the two States.

Ambassadors Picco and Thomson at the formalization ceremony

2014 Budget Brief

Tuesday, November 12, 2013
New York

The Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Strategic Planning, Natural Development & Statistics, Public Service, People's Charter for Change & Progress, Information, i-Taukei Affairs, Sugar Industry & Lands & Mineral Resources, Commodore Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama, presented the 2014 National Budget on 8 November 2013.

The theme for the Budget is "Building a Smarter Fiji".

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

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