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Fiji Participates at the UN Security Council Operations Debate on "Women in Peacekeeping"

 
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 Fiji’s Permanent Representative of Fiji to the UN in New York, Dr. Satyendra Prasad while participating at the UN Security Council’s peacekeeping operations debate on the “women in peacekeeping.”

Fiji has been part of the UN Security Council’s peacekeeping operations debate held on the women in peacekeeping. The meeting held last week in New York was chaired by the German Federal Minister of Defence, Ursula von der Leyen.

The main objective of the debate was to provide Member States with the opportunity to exchange views and information on how the Council and the wider membership can best support and strengthen efforts to increase the number of women in peacekeeping operations.  

UN Secretary-General António Guterres pointed out that “greater numbers of women peacekeepers leads to protection responses that are more credible and meet the needs of all members of local communities.”

Likewise, Fiji’s Permanent Representative of Fiji to the UN in New York, Dr. Satyendra Prasad along with Military/Police Adviser, Col. Sapenafa Motufaga attended the debate.

Fiji’s Permanent Representative to the UN in New York Ambassador Satyendra Prasad during the open debate congratulated the President and Chair of the debate for the joint Germany and France Presidency, bringing forward women’s contribution to Peace and Security and enabling open discussions.

He also emphasised on the importance of women as peacekeepers in nurturing positive rapport with communities that build the prospects for reconciliation in situations of conflict management.

Ambassador Satyendra Prasad stated that Fiji is committed to strengthening gender perspectives across pre-deployment, deployment in peacekeeping operations and its support for the United Nation’s quest to improve the overall participation of women across peace operations.

Ambassador Prasad made special reference to Fiji’s reaffirmation towards Resolution 1325 (and 2015) on Women, Peace and Security to enhance participation of women in peace building and security.

In doing so, Fiji has developed a new regional partnership with Australia and New Zealand to reinforce these efforts and it’s also working closely with its development partners, namely Australia, New Zealand, China, US, UK, Malaysia, Indonesia and India in training and developing women peacekeepers.

 

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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 A

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