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Fiji Elected to Chair the Group of 77 & China

Sunday, October 28, 2012
New York

Fiji has been elected to Chair the Group of 77 and China for the duration of 2013.  The election took place by acclamation at today’s G77 Ministerial Meeting in New York, following the nomination of Fiji by the Asia-Pacific Group of the United Nations. With 132 Member States, the G77 is the largest intergovernmental organization of developing countries in the United Nations.

Handshake of the 2012 and 2013 Chairs of G77.  Left to right: Fiji Ambassador Peter Thomson, Fiji Foreign Minister Kubuabola, Algerian Foreign Minister Medelci, and Algerian Ambassador Benmehidi

Fiji Day Celebrated at the United Nations

Wednesday, October 10, 2012
New York

Fiji Day was celebrated at the United Nations today at a luncheon attended by the Ambassadors of one hundred countries.  In his address to the gathering, Fiji’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Peter Thomson, said Fiji was greatly honored by the presence of the representatives of so many countries on its national day.

(left to right) First Secretary Khatri, Ambassador Elisaia of Samoa and Ambassador Thomson
(left to right) First Secretary Khatri, Ambassador Araud of France and Ambassador Thomson
Ambassador Thomson addressing guests at the Fiji Day celebration

Fiji and Samoa Joint News Release

Saturday, September 29, 2012
New York

At a New York reception held today at the Fiji Mission to the United Nations in the margins of the United Nations General Assembly, the Prime Minister of Samoa, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Fiji, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola, in the presence of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Nauru, Chair of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Papua New Guinea, Chair of the Pacific Small Island Developing States (PSIDS) and other Pacific representatives, agreed that Samoa will host the Third

(left to right) Minister for Foreign Affairs & Trade of Nauru, Prime Minister Malielegaoi of Samoa, Minister Kubuabola of Fiji and Minister for Foreign Affairs of Papua New Guinea

Fiji and Russian Foreign Ministers Meet in New York

Friday, September 28, 2012
New York

Fiji’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola met today with the Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation, Sergei Lavrov.  The meeting took place in the context of the Russia-PSIDS (Pacific Small Island Developing States) Ministerial Meeting held at the United Nations.  

Foreign Ministers Kubuabola and Lavrov at the United Nations, New York

Foreign Ministers of Australia, New Zealand and Fiji Meet

Wednesday, September 26, 2012
New York


·   Senator the Hon. Bob Carr

·   Ratu Inoke Kubuabola

·   The Hon Murray McCully

Foreign Ministers from Australia, New Zealand and Fiji, Senator Bob Carr, the Hon Murray McCully and Ratu Inoke Kubuabola today continued trilateral discussions in New York, where they are participating in the 67th session of the United Nations General Assembly. The meeting was held at Fiji’s Mission to the United Nations.

(left to right) Senator Carr, Minister Kubuabola, and Minister McCully

SIDS Conference in Barbados on Sustainable Energy and the Rio+20 Process

Friday, May 11, 2012
New York

Fiji was represented at two important SIDS meetings in Barbados this week in the lead-up to next month's Rio+20 conference on Sustainable Development. The Barbados meetings were specifically held to address the interests of Small Island Developing States (SIDS). The first was the 7-8 May SIDS Conference on Sustainable Energy, and the second, held on 9 May, was an informal SIDS Ministerial Meeting on Sustainable Development.


Pacific Island delegation leaders present at the Barbados Conference included, left to right), Minister Michael Jackson of Palau, Ambassador Peter Thomson of Fiji, Deputy PM Kausa Natano of Tuvalu, Hon. Aloysius Amwano of Nauru and Minister Faamoetauloa Tumaalii of Samoa

Permanent Representative Visits Iraq and Kuwait

Monday, April 16, 2012
New York

Fiji’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Peter Thomson, has returned to New York from a week’s visit to Kuwait and Iraq.  He travelled to Kuwait as a guest of the Kuwait Government in a delegation of UN Ambassadors from developing countries.  In addition to meetings with the Kuwait Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the UN Ambassadors met with the boards of the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development, the Kuwait Diplomatic Institute, the Kuwait Petroleum Corporation and the Kuwait Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

UNAMI Guard Post, Diwan Compound, Baghdad, Ambassador Thomson with officers and soldiers of 1Bn FIR

Fiji Diplomat Appointed to Climate Change Adaptation Committee

Thursday, April 5, 2012
New York

Mr Luke Daunivalu, Counsellor at the Fiji Mission to the United Nations, has been selected as the AOSIS nominee to the UNFCCC’s Adaptation Committee. The Adaptation Committee is one of the newly established bodies under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Ambassador Moses, Chair of AOSIS, congratulating Mr. Daunivalu (right)

Fiji Ambassador Calls for Greater Commitment to Women's Empowerment

Tuesday, March 6, 2012
New York

In New York this week, Fiji’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Peter Thomson, called for greater concern and commitment at the United Nations for gender equality and women’s empowerment. 

Ambassador Thomson was speaking as one of the three panelists on a side-event organised by Iraq in the context of the Commission on the Status of Women currently underway in New York.  The other two panelists were the UN Secretary-General, Mr Ban Ki-moon, and the Executive Director of UN Women, Ms Michelle Bachelet.

UN Photo: Acting President of the UN General Assembly, Ambassador Peter homson of Fiji, addresses UN Women’s empowerment gathering



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