In spite of Fiji’s suspension from the Pacific Islands Forum, Fiji, through its New York Mission works in close coordination with the other Pacific Island Missions to the United Nations, who as a group make up the Pacific Small Island Developing States (PSIDS). All members of the PSIDS are members of the Asian Group, and are represented in the UN and also the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS). Within PSIDS, Fiji is playing a leading role, in consultation with the Asian Group and the relevant bodies of the UN to achieve greater representation of PSIDS in the UN system. In line with this goal, we have proposed through the PSIDS to change the Asian Group nomenclature to effectively reflect the PSIDS representation within the region.
In the UN, PSIDS plays a fundamental role in advocating and voicing the concerns and challenges of the Pacific island countries, particularly on issues such as climate change and sustainable development. In return, we rely on the developed countries, financial institutions and philanthropists to provide technical and financial assistance to mitigate some of these challenges. As a group, PSIDS have over the years managed to secure close cooperations with and development assistance from countries including Austria/Italy and United Arab Emirates (renewable energy projects) and Cuba (medical scholarships) and the UN for climate change mitigation and adaptation projects and funding.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation P. O. Box 2220 Government Buildings Suva, Fiji