MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS RECEIVES UNICEF REGIONAL DIRECTOR, EAST ASIA AND THE PACIFIC

The?UNICEF Regional Director, East Asia and the Pacific, Mr. Daniel Toole?paid a courtesy visit to the?Minister for Foreign Affairs, Hon.?Ratu?Inoke?Kubuabola?in Suva today.

Mr. Toole was?very pleased with the UNICEF?s partnership?with Fiji especially through their?sub-regional office in Suva.?He was also impressed with the?measures taken by the?Fijian?Government to end violence against children.

Mr. Toole stated that,??Fiji?showed great commitment and progress and I often use Fiji as an example in the Pacific countries?.

He?also mentioned that?the worst forms of violence occurred in the homes and communities and?often?such issues were difficult?to discuss and report, however, he?is?happy that Fiji is leading the way.

Mr. Toole also thanked the Fijian Government for their support to?their Suva Office to assist?Vanuatu in the aftermath?of the?Cyclone?Pam by allowing swift movement of the facility to Vanuatu.

The Hon. Minister Kubuabola also?offered Fiji?s support to the work of the sub-regional office in Suva. The Hon. Minister Kubuabola also?assured?Fiji?s commitment to the?proposed?Optional Protocol of the?Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Mr. Toole was?accompanied by Ms. Karen Allen, the Representative of the Pacific Island Countries.?He was in Fiji to?participate in the Pacific End Violence?Against?Women Conference?in?Nadi.