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Fiji's Permanent Representative in Geneva meets the High Commissioner for Human Rights

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 Fijian Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva, Ambassador Nazhat Shameem Khan (on right), while meeting with the High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet at the Office of the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Fiji to the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland

The Fijian Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva, Ambassador Nazhat Shameem Khan, met with the High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet yesterday.

They discussed Fiji’s priorities in the Human Rights Council, their shared interest in and commitment for, the integration of human rights in climate action, the need for a national strategy on sexual and gender based violence, the implementation of the United Nations Convention against Torture in Fiji, and challenges in treaty body reporting for small island developing states.

The High Commissioner commended Fiji for its recent ratification of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), and said she looked forward to hearing the perspectives of small island developing states in the Human Rights Council.

Ambassador Khan congratulated the High Commissioner on her appointment and said that she looked forward to a close working relationship between Fiji and the Office of the High Commissioner in the future.

 


 

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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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