Fiji Ambassador Urges Acceleration of Efforts of United Nations Budgetary Committee in Concluding 2014-2015 Budget
Speaking in Fiji's capacity as 2013 Chair of the Group of 77 and China, Fiji's Permanent Representative to the United Nations, addressed the United Nations 5th Committee today on the need for the budgetary committee to move responsibly towards the completion of its work in 2013. The 5th Committee has before it the task of approving the United Nations budget for the biennium 2014-2015.
Noting the heavy workload remaining before it, Fiji's Ambassador Peter Thomson, called for acceleration of efforts and assured the 5th Committee's Chair of the Group's support in this regard. He said the Group was ready to engage constructively in negotiations on the very important agenda items still before the UN's budgetary committee.
In the course of his statement to the 5th Committee, Fiji's Ambassador highlighted budgetary provisions for the convening of the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States in Samoa in September 2014. He emphasised that the Group of 77 fully supports the provision of adequate resources from the UN's regular budget to ensure the success of the preparatory process for the conference, as well as the services required for the successful staging of the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States in Samoa.
Ambassador Thomson also spoke in support of the Habitat III Conference to be held in 2016. He said that the Group of 77 regards the Habitat III Conference to be of critical importance. Speaking in favour of adequate budgetary support for the preparatory process, Ambassador Thomson said the conference would provide the world with the opportunity to "chart new pathways in response to the challenges of urbanisation and the implementation of relevant sustainable development goals."