Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization, addressed Heads of State at today’s extraordinary G20 Leaders’ Summit focused on COVID-19 and urged all countries to fight, unite and ignite together during this global crisis. More
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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.
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Speaking at a major, high-level summit on Libya, held in the German capital Berlin on Sunday, UN Secretary-General António Guterres evoked the disastrous humanitarian situation faced by thousands of civilians, as conflict in the North African country grows deeper and more destructive. More
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.
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.
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
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.
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.