“… though we have clearly far more to gain than to give in this Assembly, we nevertheless believe that our country of Fiji has a contribution to make at the United Nations and we look forward to playing our part in forwarding its high purposes.” [Excerpt from the first address to the United Natons General Assembly of Fiji’s first Prime Minister, Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara on 13 October 1970 to mark Fiji’s acceptance as a full member of the UN]
Fiji joined the United Nations as its 127th member on 13 October 1970 based on its trust in the central role of the organization in the maintenance of international peace and security, developing friendly relations among nations and promoting social progress. To this end, Fiji has always been committed to playing its part as a good global citizen in upholding the purpose and principles of the UN Charter.
Fiji’s commitment has been exemplified in its contribution to many UN peacekeeping missions since 1978 including Lebanon, Darfur, Sudan, Iraq, Liberia, Kosova, Cambodia, Somalia, Namibia, Angola, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Rawanda and Timor Leste. On the issue of oceans and the law of the sea, Fiji played a leading role in drafting the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and its implementing agreements. Fiji is an active member of the UN Special Committee on Decolonisation with the zeal of upholding fundamental human rights, including the right to self-determinaton for those who are affected by the shackles of colonialism in all its manifestations.
As a small island developing State, Fiji continues to provide a voice in the United Nations on the issues of climate change, sustainable development, Millenium Development Goals, oceans and fisheries, international crime and anti-terrorism and disarmament issues. Fiji maintains good relations with other members of the UN on the basis of equality, non-interference in the internal affairs of all States and respect for sovereign rights of all peoples and their territorial integrity.
Fiji maintains good relations with other members of the UN on the basis of equality, non-interference in the internal affairs of all States and respect for sovereign rights of all peoples and their territorial integrity. ?
Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation P. O. Box 2220 Government Buildings Suva, Fiji