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United Nations Secretary-General pays tribute to the Fijian Peacekeeping and Fiji's Sacrifice for Global Peace

 
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United Nations Secretary-General, His Excellency, António Guterres during the wreath laying ceremony at the National War Memorial in Suva

The United Nations Secretary-General, His Excellency, António Guterres honored all Fijian peacekeepers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in the service of global peace, in a solemn wreath laying ceremony held this week Thursday at the National War Memorial in Suva.

The UN Secretary-General laid a wreath at the Fiji National War Memorial to honor all Fijian Peacekeepers for their sacrifices and commitment made in UN Peacekeeping.  It was also in remembrance of more than 60 Fijian Peacekeepers who have died in the line of duty since the first deployment of Fijian peacekeepers to the United Nations Interim Forces in South Lebanon (UNIFIL) since 1978.

The Fijian Government has continuously reaffirmed to the United Nations, Fiji’s commitment to UN Peacekeeping as its contribution to global peace. Fiji is also working closely with its bilateral partners to build capacity and capabilities for peacekeeping. Fiji’s strong leadership in its quest for global peace continues to be recognized and peacekeeping has continued to play a vital role in highlighting Fiji in the UN system.

More than 15,000 Fijians have served in conflict areas in; Africa, Asia, Balkans and the Middle East in the last 40 years. The speaker of Parliament and former President, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau was the first commander of the Fijian Battalion in UNIFIL. The current President, His Excellency Jioji Konusi Konrote, was a former Head of Mission and Force Commander of UNIFIL.

Today, more than 400 Fijian peacekeepers are serving in South Sudan, Darfur, Iraq, Golan Heights, South Lebanon and the Sinai.

Fiji also supports the UN Secretary General’s Peace Reforms and Action for Peace to enhance the global peacekeeping goals. Fiji continues to excel in its commitment to increase the number of women peacekeepers in its deployments to support and achieve the UNSG’s Gender Parity targets.

In terms of Fiji’s commitment to UN Uniformed Gender Parity Strategy 2018-2028, Fiji has already exceeded the expected 30 percent target by having 51 percent of women officers within the Fiji Police Force.

This aspiration is also reflected in promoting women’s leadership in peacekeeping, which has seen the appointment of Ms Unaisi Vuniwaqa as the first female Fijian Police Commissioner to serve with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).

The wreath laying ceremony was also attended by the Permanent Secretary of Fiji's Ministry of Defence, Manasa Lesuma, senior Government officials, members of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces, Fiji Police Force and Ex -servicemen.

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United Nations Secretary-General, His Excellency, António Guterres; while meeting with the peacekeepers during the wreath laying ceremony at the National War Memorial in Suva

 

 

 

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United Nations Secretary-General, His Excellency, António Guterres during the wreath laying ceremony at the National War Memorial in Suva

 

 



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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