August 23, 2013

PM for 68th UNGA

August 22, 2013 | Filed under: Fiji News | Posted by: newsroom

The Prime Minister, Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama, will be attending the 68th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York on September 23.

This was confirmed to the Fiji Sun yesterday by the Permanent Secretary Prime Minister’s Office, Lieutenant-Colonel Pio Tikoduadua.

“Yes the Prime Minister will be at the 68th UN General Assembly,” Lieutenant-Colonel Tikoduadua said.

In a release from the UNGA it said that the 68th Regular Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 68) will convene at UN Headquarters on Tuesday, September 17, 2013.

“The General Debate will open on Tuesday, September 24, 2013,” he said.

Mr Tikoduadua also confirmed that the Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) through the G77+ Secretariat which is Timor- Leste has been invited to a side event organized by the G77+ Secretariat in NY in the margins of the 68th UNGA on September 23.

In an earlier interview with the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation, Amena Yauvoli, he said the invitation was conveyed by Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao to the PSIDS Leaders during the inaugural meeting of the PIDF in Nadi.

According to Mr Yauvoli the side event will be a grand opportunity for the PIDF Secretariat to showcase to the international community of the newly established regional organisation that is the “home of sustainable development” in the Pacific region and what it means to PSIDS for their future sustainable developments.

It is the only south-south Institution in the Pacific.

Timor-Leste has also committed funding for the side event.

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