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Fiji attends the Global Compact on Migration Meeting in Morocco

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(Left to right) Ambassador Khan, the Director General of the IOM Mr Antonio Vitorino, the High Commissioner for Refugees Mr Flippo Grandi, the High Commissioner for Human Rights Ms Michelle Bachelet,Ambassador Lalaniu Tuvalu, Foreign Minister Mr Shahidul Haque of Bangladesh, and Ms Yemisrach Kebede of the African Union.


Migration is one of the most challenging and controversial features of modern reality, together with climate change and disasters.
 
This year in July, State parties of the United Nations agreed to a text for a Global Compact on Migration to guide countries on policies for cross border migration.
 
It is based on the dignity and human rights of all migrants and includes a section on migrants who move across borders as a result of disasters and climate change.
 
Together with the recommendations of the Task Force on Displacement of the Warsaw International Mechanism at the UNFCCC COP24 this month, the GCM provides a blueprint to guide the policies of all countries, especially those in the Pacific, which must include such migration in their national policies because of their vulnerability to climate change.
 
The member States of the United Nation and civil society representatives are meeting in Morocco to formally adopt the Compact.
 
However, since the negotiation of the text, several countries have withdrawn their support for the Compact.
 
As migration and the treatment of migrants continue to gather interest, Fiji and the Pacific Small Island Developing States have maintained support for the Compact and especially for the sections which promote an inclusive approach to climate change displacement, as this is an issue of central interest to the Pacific.
 
Fiji is represented at the Compact meeting by Fiji’s Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva Ambassador Nazhat Shameem Khan and the First Secretary to Fiji’s Mission to the UN in New York Gene Bai.
 
Ambassador Khan spoke on Fiji’s experiences with climate change and migration in an event hosted by the International Organisation for Migration and also chaired a side event before the GCM meeting today, on policy coherence between international organizations and national governments, on climate change induced migration.
 
Speakers included the High Commissioner for Refugees Mr Filippo Grandi, the High Commissioner for Human Rights Ms Michelle Bachelet, the Director General of the International Organization for Migration Mr Antonio Vitorino and the Foreign Minister of Bangladesh, Mr Shahidul Haque.

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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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