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General Assembly elects Permanent Representative of Fiji as President of 71st session

The United Nations General Assembly today elected Peter Thomson, Permanent Representative of Fiji, as President of its upcoming 71st session. Mr. Thomson, who will replace current General Assembly President Mogens Lykketoft, will begin his tenure in September at the commencement of the 71st General Assembly session. Continue reading

Zika: Prevention key to keeping mosquitoes at bay

What seemed like a routine visit to the maternal and child clinic for some 25 pregnant women quickly turned into an informative session on Zika virus. As soon as leaflets arrived at the Sigatoka hospital on Friday morning, nurses wasted no time in picking up copies and explaining the importance of prevention of the Zika virus to the group. Continue reading

UN Human Rights Office welcomes Fiji’s ratification of anti-torture treaty

The United Nations Human Rights Office for the Pacific on Friday welcomed Fiji’s ratification of the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT). On 14 March, Fiji became the 159th State to ratify the Convention which was adopted by the General Assembly on 10 December 1984. Continue reading

Cyclone devastation calls for extraordinary partnerships

Responding to the Fiji Government’s call for strengthened support from the private sector and with support of the European Union (EU), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in partnership with the Pacific Community (SPC) has facilitated an innovative partnership between the Ministry of Agriculture and Fiji’s telecommunications companies to use text messaging service to inform mobile phone users in affected areas. Continue reading

Over 40% of Fiji’s children affected by Cyclone Winston, as school year begins

More than a week has passed since Tropical Cyclone Winston ripped through Fiji, leaving a trail of devastation in its wake. The latest data indicates that an estimated 347,000 people (40% of the country’s total population), including 120,000 children, are directly impacted by the second-strongest storm to ever make landfall (second only to Super Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines). Continue reading

UN expert to assess official efforts to implement the right to education in Fiji

Education reforms and the education of vulnerable children are among the issues to be assessed in the Republic of Fiji by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to education, Kishore Singh, during his visit to the country from 7 to 15 December 2015. Continue reading

Intangible Cultural Heritage Capacity Building Workshop in Sydney

A Workshop on the Ratification and Implementation of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) Convention was held from 2 – 6 November 2015 in Sydney, Australia. It was organized by the International Training Centre for ICH in the Asia-Pacific Region under the Auspices of UNESCO (CRIHAP), Category II Centre focusing on the ICH capacity building, based in Beijing. Continue reading