20 May 2014

UN decolonisation meeting in Fiji

2:50 pm on 20 May 2014

A regional seminar on decolonisation in Fiji this week will look to accelerate action on eradicating colonialism in the Pacific.

The United Nations seminar in Nadi will review progress on 17 territories watched by the UN's Special Committee on Decolonisation.

The committee visited New Caledonia in March and is due to visit French Polynesia later in the year.

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Photo: RNZ

French Polynesia was inscribed on the decolonisation list in 2013, and the deputy mayor of Faa'a, Moetai Brotherson, says 7,000 people celebrated the one-year anniversary on the weekend with a coast-to-coast march.

He says much has already been achieved despite France ignoring the UN process.

"It required a great amount of work but we managed to submit that second resolution to the fourth committee and it was adapted in December. Since December we have been working on a third resolution that we are going to submit in a weeks which will tackle the issues of you know, land rights and marine resources."

Moetai Brotherson.