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Fiji endorsed as Vice President of the Human Rights Council

Fiji's Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva Ambassador Nazhat Shameem Khan
 Fiji's Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva Ambassador Nazhat Shameem Khan

The Asia Pacific Group of States has endorsed Fiji’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva, Ambassador Nazhat Shameem Khan, as the Vice President of the Council from the 1st of January 2019, and has advised the Human Rights Council Secretariat accordingly.
 
The position will require chairing of a number of sessions at the Human Rights Council in 2019, including some sessions of the Universal Periodic Reviews of states under review, which means that Ambassador Khan will be a member of the Human Rights Council Bureau in 2019.
 
The Human Rights Council Bureau is the organisational head of the Council, presided over by the President of the Council. The Bureau of the Council consists of five people - one President and four Vice-presidents - representing the five regional groups. They serve for a year, in accordance with the Council's annual cycle.
 
In accepting the endorsement, which was unanimously accepted by all States present, Ambassador Khan thanked the Group for its confidence in her and in Fiji.

Ambassador Khan said this representation is significant particularly given that it’s the first time for a small island state from the Pacific to sit as a member of the Council, and not only that but to also take the position of Vice President of the Council. As such, this is a proud moment and a great achievement for the Pacific as a whole.


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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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