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UN High-Level Visit Fiji, New Zealand and Australia

MEDIA ADVISORY

WHO: Mark Lowcock, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator

WHAT: Mission to Fiji, New Zealand, and Australia

WHEN: 23-28 February 2020

WHERE: Suva, Wellington, and Canberra

Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock will be visiting the Pacific for the first time as UN Humanitarian Chief. He will be there to explore the important contribution Fiji, New Zealand and Australia make to the global humanitarian system.

Mr Lowcock will be in Suva, Fiji on 23-24 February, where he will meet senior Government officials and humanitarian partners. On 24 February, he will travel to Deuba in Serua Province to meet people from coastal communities and take stock of the humanitarian consequences of climate change in low lying islands.

Mr Lowcock will then travel to Wellington, New Zealand, on 25-26 February, followed by Canberra, Australia, on 27-28 February for a series of meetings with senior Government officials to discuss key humanitarian issues and strategic partnerships in the Asia Pacific region and globally.

For further information on media opportunities during the mission, please contact:

Zoe Paxton, + 1 917 297 1542 zoe.paxton@un.org

International Migrants Day

Migrants are integral members of society, contributing to mutual understanding and sustainable development in communities of both origin and destination. Safe, orderly and regular migration is in the interest of all. And national priorities on migration are best achieved through international cooperation.

All migrants are entitled to equal protection of all their human rights. These principles are enshrined in the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration. Yet, we often hear narratives around migrants that are harmful and false. And we often witness migrants facing unspeakable hardship as a result of policies shaped more by fear than by fact. On this International Day, I urge leaders and people everywhere to bring the Global Compact to life, so that migration works for all.

Pacific Measles Outbreak

MEDIA STATEMENT UNICEF Pacific

19 November, 2019

UNICEF is supporting the Government of Samoa to respond to a measles outbreak in the country. The Government of Samoa officially declared a state of emergency on 15 November 2019, four weeks into the continuing measles outbreak with more than 1000 suspected cases so far. The epidemic has claimed the lives of 14 children under-five years old and one adult.
Measles outbreaks were also declared in the Kingdom of Tonga on 24 October and in Fiji on 7 November. As of 5 November, 177 cases have been confirmed in Tonga with no deaths. In Fiji, the four confirmed and one suspected cases were contained in one specific area of Namosi and Serua Subdivision, west of the capital of Suva.

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Nuclear Testing Has “Disastrous Consequences” For People And Planet

Lassina Zerbo, Executive Secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) said he hoped the day would “inspire countries to take concrete measures that will allow us to finally reach our objective of a world free from the dangers of nuclear testing”, noting at the meeting marking the occasion that there needed to be an “unmistakable message…that our work is not yet done”. More

 

Focus on Equity, Sustainability, the Environment and Climate Change in Pacific Urban Environments

 

 Subject: Save the Date – 5th Pacific Urban Forum

Date: 1 – 3 July, 2019
Place: Nadi, Republic of Fiji
Venue: Tanoa International Hotel
Address: Votualevu Road, Namaka, Nadi

The Pacific Urban Forum is an inclusive multi-stakeholder platform for policy dialogue towards a sustainable urban future for the Pacific region.

Following the adoption of the New Urban Agenda and a renewed recognition of the many opportunities and challenges for the Pacific, the Fifth Pacific Urban Forum (PUF5) aims to develop action plans, provide recommendations for urbanization strategies and elicit voluntary commitments from different stakeholders. PUF5 aims to successfully anchor and implement the Pacific New Urban Agenda.

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Secretary-General’s Address to Fijian Parliament


Suva, 16 May 2019

Your Excellency, Honourable Speaker Mr. Nailatikau, Your Excellency, Honourable Prime Minister Bainimarama, Distinguished Ministers and Members of Parliament, I am delighted to be here today. It is a great honour to address the Parliament of the Republic of Fiji.

I was in parliament for 26 years of my life. Six and a half of them as Prime Minister.

Being in the Parliament of Fiji I feel twice at home. At home because I’m in Fiji and at home because I’m in the Parliament.

Bula Vinaka, good afternoon, and thank you for your warm welcome and hospitality.

Fiji is a country of extraordinary beauty, with a unique connection to the ocean and the sky.

Your strong traditions of community and social responsibility, and your symbiotic relationship with your surroundings, make you natural global leaders on climate and the environment.

From your chairmanship of COP23, the United Nations climate talks in Bonn, to your co-hosting of the UN’s first-ever conference on the Ocean, to the work of my Special Envoy, Peter Thomson, Fijians have been at the forefront of international action and advocacy on climate and the sea.

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International Womens Day

 

On the occasion of the International Women’s Day, UN Video is pleased to send you a video message from the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres. The video features the Secretary-General; Ms Amina J. Mohammed, the Deputy Secretary-General; Ms Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the Executive Director of UN Women; Ms María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, the President of the General Assembly; and Ms Jayathma Wickramanayake, the Secretary-General’s Youth Envoy.

The theme for International Women’s Day (8 March) this year, “Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change”, puts innovation by women and girls, for women and girls, at the heart of efforts to achieve gender equality.

Join the conversation!
#WomensDay
Use #WomensDay on social media to stand with the groundbreakers who are building a gender-equal future, and be part of the change. Check out our social media package with stereotype-defying visuals, GIFs and inspirational quotes from women innovators here.

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