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Fiji-Korea Sign MOU on Cooperation in the Area of Saemaul Undong 27 February 2018, Seoul

Minister Youth Korea MOU

On Tuesday 27 February 2018, Honorable Laisenia Bale Tuitubou, Minister for Youth and Sports signed a “Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Cooperation in the Area of Saemaul Undong” with Honorable Minister Kim Boo Kyum, Minister for Interior and Safety at the Ministry of Interior and Safety in Seoul.

The MOU sets out a number of scope for cooperation which includes the dispatch of Saemaul Undong officers and volunteers to share rural development experiences of Korea, fostering Saemaul Undong leaders and professional workers, supporting village youth and women through education and training, and assistance in the implementation of Saemaul Undong pilot projects in Fiji.  

 “I believe that it will be another milestone for the Ministry of Youth and Sports Fiji to be signing a MOU on Cooperation in the Area of Saemaul Undong and hope that my Ministry and the Republic of Fiji will greatly benefit from this undertaking as the objectives in the areas of Saemaul Undong correlate with our core deliverables”, said Honorable Minister Laisenia Bale Tuitubou.

 “The Ministry of Interior and Safety of Korea will continue to support the establishment of the Saemaul Undong in Fiji. In particular, we have planned to conduct a feasibility study in Fiji to examine the benefits of the project in respect to the selection of Fiji as a new target country of the Global Village Saemaul Undong for the year of 2019. I would like to propose if the Government of Fiji could seek out a way to support Saemaul Undong possibly with the establishment of a dedicated department for Saemaul Undong within the Ministry,” proposed Hon. Minister Kim Boo Kyum.

Saemaul Undong, which promotes self-reliance of residents in rural areas through the values of “diligence, self-help, and cooperation," has been the driving force behind Korea's economic growth. Also Korea’s transformation from a donor recipient country to a donor aid country has been largely attributed to the Saemaul Undong.


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Several members of Public Accounts Committee of the Fijian Parliament visiting Wellington this week took advantage of a visit to the Wellington City Council’s Southern Landfill yesterday to glean a few ideas for waste management in Fiji. This included the Hon. Alexander O’Connor, Assistant Minister for Health, Ratu Suliano Matanitobua, Opposition parliamentarian and Ms. Priya Chand, Parliamentary Secretary who were accompanied by the Fiji High Commission New Zealand staff.

The Southern landfill is an impressive setup particularly as it focuses on recycling and minimising the damage to the environment at the landfill.

 

Other remarkable features of the landfill were its gas collection, electricity regeneration, green waste mulching and water table management. The Hon. O’Connor, an engineer by profession, was particularly impressed and intends to develop a few ideas for the Fijian Government to consider.

 

The PAC members were invited to attend the Pacific PAC training seminar in Wellington facilitated by UNDP from the 12th to the 13th December.

The PAC members, including Deputy Chair, Hon. Mohammed Dean, MP, were hosted to afternoon tea at the Fiji Chancery.  It was an opportunity for the Parliamentarians to meet the Locally Engaged Staff at the Mission and also update the staff on the work and concerns of the Public Accounts Committee.

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3rd Republic of Korea - Pacific Island Countries Foreign Ministers' Meeting 4 - 7 December 2017, Seoul

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On 5 December 2017, Honorable Faiyaz Koya, Minister for Industry & Trade and Tourism (MITT) represented Fiji at the 3rd Republic of Korea–Pacific Island Countries Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (ROK PICs FMM), which was held at the Shilla Hotel in Seoul.

Headed by the Honorable Faiyaz Koya, the Fijian delegation comprised officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, MITT and the Embassy Republic of Fiji in Seoul.

Representatives from twelve Pacific Island Countries (PICs), namely the Cook Islands, the Republic of Kiribati, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of Nauru, Niue, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu attended the ROK-PICs. The Korean Government also invited the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFs).  

Prior to the meeting, the Ministers paid a courtesy call on His Excellency Moon Jae-in, President of the Republic of Korea at Cheong Wa Dae as referred in the Korean language or Presidential Blue House. During the meeting, the respective heads of delegations of the PICs collectively reaffirmed their support for combating climate change and underscored the importance of closer cooperation between Korea and the Pacific Island region to address this issue. President Moon reciprocated similar sentiments and acknowledged that climate change posed a grave threat to the security and economic resilience of Pacific Island countries and agreed on increasing the extent of the Korean Government’s support to effectively address the issue.

Following this, the 3rd ROK-PICs commenced proper with an opening address by Honorable Kang Kyung-hwa, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea, who recalled the outcomes of the previous ROK-PICs FMM as well as the ROK-PICs Senior Officials Meeting (SOM) held last year.

The ROK-PICs FMM focused on various aspects of multilateral cooperation underscoring the need for sustainable development in the Pacific region while addressing four thematic areas of cooperation including development cooperation, climate change, maritime affairs and fisheries, security and other matters of mutual interest. The foreign ministers’ also addressed maritime and fisheries cooperation and further committed to deepening national coordination within their respective countries and overall regional coordination in the Pacific.

During the meeting, Minister Kang announced the increase of the Korean Government’s annual grant to the ROK-PIF Cooperation Fund (RPCF) to USD$1.5 million by 2020.

The discussion also provided an opportunity for PICs representatives to renew the commitment of their respective governments’ in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) as part of the roadmap of the development of the Pacific. It was also discussed that a “Green and Blue Pacific” must be consensus-oriented.

In the end, a joint communiqué was released following the meeting citing the outcomes of the discussions of the 3rd ROK-PICs meeting and reaffirming support for the 4th Korea-Pacific Islands Foreign Ministers’ Meeting which is scheduled to be held in 2020.



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Several members of Public Accounts Committee of the Fijian Parliament visiting Wellington this week took advantage of a visit to the Wellington City Council’s Southern Landfill yesterday to glean a few ideas for waste management in Fiji. This included the Hon. Alexander O’Connor, Assistant Minister for Health, Ratu Suliano Matanitobua, Opposition parliamentarian and Ms. Priya Chand, Parliamentary Secretary who were accompanied by the Fiji High Commission New Zealand staff.

The Southern landfill is an impressive setup particularly as it focuses on recycling and minimising the damage to the environment at the landfill.

 

Other remarkable features of the landfill were its gas collection, electricity regeneration, green waste mulching and water table management. The Hon. O’Connor, an engineer by profession, was particularly impressed and intends to develop a few ideas for the Fijian Government to consider.

 

The PAC members were invited to attend the Pacific PAC training seminar in Wellington facilitated by UNDP from the 12th to the 13th December.

The PAC members, including Deputy Chair, Hon. Mohammed Dean, MP, were hosted to afternoon tea at the Fiji Chancery.  It was an opportunity for the Parliamentarians to meet the Locally Engaged Staff at the Mission and also update the staff on the work and concerns of the Public Accounts Committee.

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Fiji High Commission Wellington hosts PAC members

Several members of Public Accounts Committee of the Fijian Parliament visiting Wellington this week took advantage of a visit to the Wellington City Council’s Southern Landfill yesterday to glean a few ideas for waste management in Fiji.

This included the Hon. Alexander O’Connor, Assistant Minister for Health, Ratu Suliano Matanitobua, Opposition parliamentarian and Ms. Priya Chand, Parliamentary Secretary who were accompanied by the Fiji High Commission New Zealand staff.

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Fiji High Commission staff and Public Accounts Committee members Assistant Minister for Health Alexander O'Connor and Opposition parliamentarian Ratu Suliano Matanitobua watch waste being sorted at the Southern Landfill.

The Southern landfill is an impressive setup particularly as it focuses on recycling and minimising the damage to the environment at the landfill.

Other remarkable features of the landfill were its gas collection, electricity regeneration, green waste mulching and water table management. The Hon. O’Connor, an engineer by profession, was particularly impressed and intends to develop a few ideas for the Fijian Government to consider.

The PAC members were invited to attend the Pacific PAC training seminar in Wellington facilitated by UNDP from the 12th to the 13th December.
The PAC members, including Deputy Chair, Hon. Mohammed Dean, MP, were hosted to afternoon tea at the Fiji Chancery.  It was an opportunity for the Parliamentarians to meet the Locally Engaged Staff at the Mission and also update the staff on the work and concerns of the Public Accounts Committee.

 

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Hon. Alexander O'Connor presents a tanoa to Southern landfill senior managers in appreciation for their guided tour.

 


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Several members of Public Accounts Committee of the Fijian Parliament visiting Wellington this week took advantage of a visit to the Wellington City Council’s Southern Landfill yesterday to glean a few ideas for waste management in Fiji. This included the Hon. Alexander O’Connor, Assistant Minister for Health, Ratu Suliano Matanitobua, Opposition parliamentarian and Ms. Priya Chand, Parliamentary Secretary who were accompanied by the Fiji High Commission New Zealand staff.

The Southern landfill is an impressive setup particularly as it focuses on recycling and minimising the damage to the environment at the landfill.

 

Other remarkable features of the landfill were its gas collection, electricity regeneration, green waste mulching and water table management. The Hon. O’Connor, an engineer by profession, was particularly impressed and intends to develop a few ideas for the Fijian Government to consider.

 

The PAC members were invited to attend the Pacific PAC training seminar in Wellington facilitated by UNDP from the 12th to the 13th December.

The PAC members, including Deputy Chair, Hon. Mohammed Dean, MP, were hosted to afternoon tea at the Fiji Chancery.  It was an opportunity for the Parliamentarians to meet the Locally Engaged Staff at the Mission and also update the staff on the work and concerns of the Public Accounts Committee.

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Fijian COP23 Chief Negotiator speaks about Integration between Climate Change, Environmental and Migration Policies

30 November 2017 – Geneva, Switzerland:

The nexus between climate change, environment and migration was the topic for a High-level panel at the 108th session of the Council of the International Organization on Migration (IOM), which took place from 28 November to 1 December 2017.

Almost 600 delegates representing IOM Member States and Observers, UN representatives, academia, private sector, migrants and civil society attended the event.

The Fijian COP23 Chief Negotiator and Head of Mission to the United Nations based in Geneva, Ambassador Nazhat Shameem Khan, spoke at the High-level panel about the importance of an integrated approach for climate change, environment and migration for an effective response to these global challenges. She informed that Fiji is preparing to face unprecedented migration waves expected in the Pacific region due to climate change and emphasized the need for a regional approach.

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“People should be at the center of every climate change solution.” - Ambassador Shameem Nazhat Khan, 108th IOM Council

Ambassador Khan also briefed the delegates on the relevant outcomes of COP23, in particular those, which were people-centered. Breakthroughs in the multilateral negotiations at COP23 in areas, such as agriculture, finance for climate adaptation, gender, education and local communities and indigenous peoples led to strengthening of the peoples dimension. She said: “People should be at the center of every climate change solution”.

The delegates applauded a video fragment of 12-years old Timoci Naulusala of Navicula in Wainibuka, telling about how climate change affected his village. Timoci won a speech competition for children in Fiji and addressed the climate leaders at the opening of the High-level segment of COP23.  

Fiji is designing national relocation guidelines to ensure that internally displaced people are treated in a way that protects their rights and upholds their dignity, as those who need to leave their homes become exposed to additional risks and become even more vulnerable.

The discussions made clear that climate change is becoming a leading driver for forced migration and recognized the sad reality that the most vulnerable, who have contributed least to climate change, are impacted the worst. As neighboring states have to bear with most of the consequences of climate-related migration, migration management will benefit strongly from international and regional cooperation.


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Several members of Public Accounts Committee of the Fijian Parliament visiting Wellington this week took advantage of a visit to the Wellington City Council’s Southern Landfill yesterday to glean a few ideas for waste management in Fiji. This included the Hon. Alexander O’Connor, Assistant Minister for Health, Ratu Suliano Matanitobua, Opposition parliamentarian and Ms. Priya Chand, Parliamentary Secretary who were accompanied by the Fiji High Commission New Zealand staff.

The Southern landfill is an impressive setup particularly as it focuses on recycling and minimising the damage to the environment at the landfill.

 

Other remarkable features of the landfill were its gas collection, electricity regeneration, green waste mulching and water table management. The Hon. O’Connor, an engineer by profession, was particularly impressed and intends to develop a few ideas for the Fijian Government to consider.

 

The PAC members were invited to attend the Pacific PAC training seminar in Wellington facilitated by UNDP from the 12th to the 13th December.

The PAC members, including Deputy Chair, Hon. Mohammed Dean, MP, were hosted to afternoon tea at the Fiji Chancery.  It was an opportunity for the Parliamentarians to meet the Locally Engaged Staff at the Mission and also update the staff on the work and concerns of the Public Accounts Committee.

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