Fiji will host 2017 UN Summit

​Fiji will host the 2017 triennia United Nations Summit on Oceans and Seas.

It is also continuing its engagement efforts by seeking membership of the UN Human Rights Council by 2017.

Minister for Foreign Affairs Ratu Inoke Kubuabola disclosed this in Parliament Monday.

He said – “Fiji is a founding member of the Ambassadorial Group of Friends of Oceans and Seas, and we are a leading  advocate of creating a triennial Summit on Oceans and Seas that would oversee the implementation of Goal 14.”

He said he would be heading to New York to participate in this year’s United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), where the 2030 agenda for sustainable development was to be adopted.

Ratu Inoke said at the UNGA he would highlight the leadership role Fiji had enjoyed under the FijiFirst Government to ensure that the Sustainable Development Goal 14 – to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas  and marine resources – was being  implemented properly, especially given the importance of the ocean and its resources.

In Geneva he said the Fijian Mission was taking the lead at the World Trade Organisation to negotiate new disciplines and to regulate fisheries subsidies.“In London, we are doubling down on resource and emission concerns in the International Maritime Organisation.”

Ratu Inoke said the FijiFirst Government had refined the `Look North Policy’ to a focused proactive, transparent and innovative foreign policy framework.

He said Fiji had extended it diplomatic footprint globally to engage new partners in its development and they were witnessing the benefits of these new relationships today.

Fiji he said had earned the highest respect of the global community, because of the principles which governed the conduct of its foreign policy engagement – friends to all, enemy to none.

For Fiji’s membership of the UN Human Rights Council in 2017, he said Fiji would contribute to the global agenda and governance of human rights – promoting the high standards it had set itself in the global arena.