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Ministry of Foreign Affairs Fiji

Fiji Appointed as Vice President of the Platform for Disaster Displacement

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First Secretary Mr Vueti May while welcoming Fiji’s appointment as the vice president of the Platform for Disaster Displacement. This announcement was made at the Steering Group Meeting for the Platform for Disaster Displacement PDD, held in Geneva last week

Fiji’s recognition at the United Nations as the first Pacific Island country that is represented at the United Nations Human Rights Council and its vice presidency at the UNHRC, has been elevated to a new leadership role that Fiji has resumed last week.
This  follows Fiji’s appointment as the vice president of the Platform for Disaster Displacement (PDD) at the UN after the recent meeting of the Steering Group Meeting held in Geneva, Switzerland.
Fiji was nominated to this position by France.
Fiji’s new leadership role on Platform for Disaster Displacement (PDD) will be coordinated by Fiji’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva, Ambassador Nazhat Shameem and the team at the Fiji Mission in Geneva.
The First Secretary for the Fiji Mission in Geneva, Vueti May while speaking  on behalf of the Fiji mission thanked the President of PDD who is the Permanent Representative of France, Ambassador Francois Rivasseau, for the trust and confidence that has been placed in Fiji for its new leadership role on PDD.
“Fiji is honored to be appointed as the vice president of the Platform for Disaster Displacement at UN. We acknowledge France for giving us this opportunity to serve the Platform and we look forward to supporting France in its new role as the President of the Platform and we plead to all PDD Steering Group members and partners for continued support to ensure that we deliver on the mandates before us.”
First Secretary, May added that the work of the PDD is central to Fiji’s strategic development priorities and its commitment to enhance response to climate change and disaster.
Fiji also congratulated Bangladesh and Germany for their leadership of the PDD since its inception in July 2016 and also acknowledged the effort of the PDD Secretariat for the enormous efforts, which led to the adoption of the PDD Strategy for 2019 to 2022. Fiji also acknowledged the Steering Group Members and partners for the cooperation including the support of those States that have pledged for additional financial commitment.
PDD is a state-led initiative, which was endorsed by 109 States in October 2015 and it seeks to implement the recommendations of the Nansen Initiative Protection Agenda, which supports States and other stakeholders to implement the recommendations for the greater protection of cross boarder displaced persons in the context of disasters and climate change.



al 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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