Fiji Joins United Nations Environment Assembly
Fiji High Commission, Pretoria : Media Release Friday Dec 13th 2013
The High Commissioner of Fiji to the Republic of South Africa is now accredited to the United Nations Environment Project in Nairobi. At a ceremony at the UNEP head office, on Friday December 13th. Executive Director, Mr Achim Steiner welcomed Fiji High Commissioner, Beniamino Salacakau as the, non resident, Permanent Representative of Fiji to UNEP in Nairobi, Kenya. In welcoming Mr Salacakau, the Executive Director said he was impressed with Fiji’s strong position in the many forums on climate change, particularly the recent COP 19 in Warsaw, Poland. With the accreditation of High Commissioner Salacakau to UNEP, Fiji is welcomed into the wider body of countries within the UNEP Governing structure called UNEA. UNEA is the United Nations Environment Assembly. There are only 54 countries with permanent representatives in Nairobi. These countries sit on the many committees within UNEP. UNEA embraces membership and participation from all 198 countries around the world. UNEA provides governance and monitoring and support to UNEP. As a of the UNEA Fiji’s nonresident Permanent Representative to UNEP has been invited into membership of some of the committees within UNEP. In the meeting
following the presentation of credentials, the High Commissioner discussed the initiatives that Fiji has shown in the establishment of the Pacific Islands Development Forum and other projects. The Executive Director was impressed by Fiji’s move towards the Green and Blue Economy. He has also expressed a willingness to provide support and advise in the programs and projects that the Government may embark on and the work of the Pacific Islands Development Forum.