9 Aug 2010

Fiji rep at UN to look at increasing Pacific representation in UN system

6:47 am on 9 August 2010

Fiji's Permanent Representative to the United Nations has been appointed to chair a working group aimed at increasing Pacific Islands representation in the UN system.

The group will examine how Pacific countries can gain a fairer share of representation on the many councils, committees and organs of the United Nations.

It will in addition look at means by which citizens of the Pacific Islands can more equitably participate as employees and officials of the United Nations.

The UN Ambassador, Peter Thomson, says the first task is to prepare a matrix establishing what all the electable bodies, committees and councils were in the UN system.

The working group is an initiative of the Pacific Small Island Developing States organization.

They group is made up of the eleven Pacific Islands Missions to the UN, namely the Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.