Fiji Speaks on United Nations Activities for Development

New York
Monday, October 14, 2013

Speaking in Fiji’s capacity as 2013 Chair of the Group of 77 and China, Fiji’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations has called upon the United Nations system to deliver on its mandate of poverty eradication.  Fiji’s Ambassador Peter Thomson told the UN’s Second Committee today, that an explicit mandate has been given to the UN system to “assign the highest priority to poverty eradication.”

Fiji's Permanent Representative reminded the gathering that through last year’s resolution on the Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review, the UN General Assembly had "requested the UN development system to focus all its development programmes and projects to address this greatest global challenge as their underlying objective.”

Ambassador Thomson noted that the contribution of the UN development system is crucial to effectively addressing poverty eradication, capacity building for development, development of national capacities for South-South cooperation, transitions from relief to development, as well as gender equality and women’s empowerment.

Fiji’s representative told the Second Committee that the Group of 77’s emphasis on South-South and triangular cooperation came from the fact that they have proven to be effective strategies for sustaining development efforts of developing countries, and hence for eradicating poverty.  Ambassador Thomson said they provide effective means of enhancing the participation of developing countries in the global economy, “by benefitting from best practices of strategies and policies implemented in countries which have gone through similar experiences.”

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