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Ministry of Foreign Affairs Fiji

 OCHA REAFFIRMS COMMITMENT TOWARDS ENHANCED COLLABORATION WITH FIJI

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Minister for Foreign Affairs, Defence and National Security, Hon. Inia Seruiratu received a courtesy call from Under-Secretary-General and Emergency Relief Coordinator, H.E Mark Lowcock at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Office in Suva.

The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Defence and National Security, Hon. Inia Seruiratu yesterday received a courtesy call from the Under-Secretary-General and Emergency Relief Coordinator, H. E. Mark Lowcock during his first official visit to Fiji this week.

The visit provided an opportunity to strengthen Fiji’s cooperation with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

Minister Seruiratu thanked OCHA for its enormous assistance to Fiji and reaffirmed the Fijian Government’s commitment to enhance collaboration with OCHA.

“Fiji has a long-standing relationship with OCHA in the region. OCHA supported the Fijian Government with humanitarian coordination in times of natural disaster over the past years, and our relationship continues to grow. Given the evolution of the global humanitarian agenda, I am confident our partnership will continue to strengthen. Therefore our meeting today is an opportune time to reflect, discuss and strategically plan the way forward,” Minister Seruiratu said.

It was also highlighted that the Fijian Government under the “Vuvale Partnership” with the Australian Government is looking at establishing a Peacekeeping and Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief Camp in Nadi.

It was stated that the establishment of such a facility will require good onsite coordination as it will be used by other international and regional humanitarian organisation for any regional assistance and that On-Site Operations Coordination Centre (OSOCC) system provided by OCHA and UNDAC can greatly assist with the interoperability of Fiji’s Peacekeeping and Humanitarian Assistance Disaster Relief Camp.

Providing an overview of his visit, Mr Lowcock said his visit has provided an opportunity to seek stronger collaboration with Fiji.

“I had excellent discussions with the government, including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Defence and others on how the United Nations can continue to strengthen our collaborations with Fiji and the region to be ready for when there are events.

The discussions have been extremely informative and constructive and encouraging. The visit has been fascinating, constructive and useful and I am grateful for the opportunity.

“We talked on some of the wider things you need to do if you are at the risk of significant natural disaster type events and financial planning and preparing for, dealing with the economic consequences as well as a very detailed and constructive agenda,” Mr Lowcock said.

OCHA is part of the United Nations Secretariat responsible for bringing together humanitarian actors to ensure a coherent response to emergencies. OCHA also ensures there is a framework within which each actor can contribute to the overall response effort.

With its partners, OCHA contributes to principled and effective humanitarian response through coordination, advocacy, policy, information management and humanitarian financing tools and services. OCHA’s country and regional offices are responsible for delivering the core functions in the field by leveraging functional expertise throughout the organization.

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Minister for Foreign Affairs, Defence and National Security, Hon. Inia Seruiratu received a courtesy call from Under-Secretary-General and Emergency Relief Coordinator, H.E Mark Lowcock at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Office in Suva.

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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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