Fiji Day Celebrated at the United Nations
Fiji Day was celebrated in New York today when Fijian diplomats hosted a Fiji Day luncheon at the United Nations. In attendance were seventy Ambassadors from all regions of the world, including members of the Security Council, the President of the Group of 77 and China, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of New Zealand.
In his address to the gathering, Fiji’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Peter Thomson, expressed Fiji’s thanks for the solidarity the international community had given Fiji at the United Nations during the years in which Fiji’s 2013 Constitution was being formulated. He said the solidarity and the faith shown in Fiji had now been consummated by the holding of free and fair Parliamentary elections in Fiji last month. Diplomats applauded the news of the declaration of Fiji’s newly elected Prime Minister, that regardless of political affiliations, the Government of Fiji was an inclusive one that would govern for all Fijians.
Ambassador Thomson gave particular thanks to the Pacific Small Island Developing States at the United Nations. He said they had stood together and taken a coordinated approach leading to the changing of the name of the Asian Group at the United Nations to the Asia-Pacific Group. He said from that point they had populated the important executive boards of the United Nations such as UNICEF, UN Women and UNDP/UNFPA/UNOPS, and had taken on such challenging roles as the Chairmanship of the Group of 77 and China.
In his Fiji Day address, Fiji’s Ambassador paid particular homage to the peacekeepers of the United Nations serving in such trouble-spots as the Middle East and the ebola-afflicted countries of West Africa. Giving special thanks for the safe return of Fiji’s 46 UNDOF hostages, Ambassador Thomson reminded the diplomats present that the world’s tribute due to men and women serving in blue helmets at fraught front-lines of the world, must be ever-present in the halls of the United Nations.