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Fiji's Permanent Representative to the United Nations tells UN of the need for cohesion between the UN, EU, and Regional Organizations in conflict prevention, interventions and in peace operations

 
Ambassador Satyendra Prasad calls for more women
Fiji’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Dr. Satyendra Prasad while speaking at the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers at the UN Headquarters in New York

Fiji’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Dr. Satyendra Prasad participated in a panel hosted by the Permanent Mission of Romania to the UN on  Partnerships, Early Warning and Conflict Prevention, in New York last week. 

Ambassador Dr. Satyendra Prasad in his address highlighted that Fiji’s participation in UN Peacekeeping was a large commitment for a small country. It demonstrated Fiji’s commitment to fulfilling its international obligations.  Fiji learns from all its peacekeeping operations and systematically feeds lessons into preparation for future operations.  The UN needed to do this more systematically as well.

He stated that the UN reforms and focus on early warning and prevention of conflicts is welcomed. Early warning and prevention is both a better investment in saving lives; but it is also cost effective.

Ambassador Dr. Prasad used RAMSI in the Solomon Islands as an example of partnerships between the UN, and the Pacific Regional countries. The lessons learnt from this experience are significant. RAMSI demonstrated how a regionally led approach to restoring peace and stability can be supported by both the UN, EU and regional countries in a cohesive manner.  The results have been impressive and Solomons has returned to stability and peace.
He also told the EU, Africa and other member states that UN Peace operations needed to be far better supported. Securing peace and restoring stability takes time – sometimes decades.  Ensuring that peace operations have predictable and medium term financial support is therefore essential. Member States need to understand this point.

Fiji’s Permanent Representative also told the UN that insights from peacebuilding and conflict prevention are very relevant for shaping responses to climate induced insecurities and conflicts. The UN needed to be on the front foot in responding to climate and security challenges.  New skills and competencies will be needed for effective responses to climate induced insecurity.  UN, EU and regional partnerships will need to innovate to formulate their responses.

Dr. Prasad also called for women to be brought to the center stage in designing peace operations.  When women are involved at the top levels of decision making, peace is more likely to be enduring.  

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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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