1. TURKMENISTAN AND FIJI FORMALISE DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS – Turkmenistan and the Republic of Fiji formalised diplomatic relations in a ceremony at the Turkmenistan Mission to the United Nations in New York today.
2. FIJI TO PARTICIPATE AT ABU DHABI ASCENT IN SUPPORT OF CLIMATE SUMMIT 2014 – Fiji’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Ratu Inoke Kubuabola will represent Fiji at a global climate change meet in the United Arab Emirates.
3. BOOK DONATION TO BENEFIT LIBRARIES IN RURAL SCHOOLS – The Library Services of Fiji recently received 20,000 copies ofnew books as a gift from Tauranga Public Library, New Zealand.
1 TURKMENISTAN AND FIJI FORMALISE DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS
Turkmenistan and the Republic of Fiji formalised diplomatic relations in a ceremony at the Turkmenistan Mission to the United Nations in New York today.
At the ceremony, the Permanent Representative of Turkmenistan to the United Nations, Ambassador Aksoltan Ataeva, and her Fijian counterpart, Ambassador Peter Thomson, signed a joint communiqué establishing diplomatic relations between the two nations.
The communiqué expresses the desire of the Governments of Fiji and Turkmenistan to initiate and develop friendship and cooperation between their two countries in political, trade, economic, cultural, humanitarian and other fields. It also states that diplomatic relations between Turkmenistan and Fiji will be guided by the objectives and purposes of the United Nations Charter and international law, particularly on equality, respect for independence, national sovereignty, territorial integrity, and non-interference in internal affairs.
Following the formalisation ceremony, Ambassadors Ataeva and Thomson held talks on areas of common interest between their two countries at the United Nations, including the affairs of UNDP and UNFPA of which the Fiji Ambassador is the 2014 Board President.
2 FIJI TO PARTICIPATE AT ABU DHABI ASCENT IN SUPPORT OF CLIMATE SUMMIT 2014
Fiji’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Ratu Inoke Kubuabola will represent Fiji at a global climate change meet in the United Arab Emirates.
The United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon will convene the Abu Dhabi Ascent high-level meeting to catalyse ambitious action on the ground to reduce emissions and strengthen climate resilience and mobilise political will for an ambitious global legal agreement by 2015 that limits the world to a less than 2 degree Celsius rise in global temperature.
Minister Kubuabola will attend the high level meeting on May 4 and 5 where leaders from around the world including stakeholders from government, private sector, finance and civil society will be fully informed on opportunities for bold announcements and actions for higher ambition at the Secretary-General’s Climate Summit in September 2014 . The stakeholders are coming together to explore international and multi-stakeholder efforts that have high potential for catalyzing ambitious action on the ground as identified by UNEP’s Emissions Gap Report of 2013.
Leaders will have the opportunity to showcase feasible and affordable climate solutions and strengthen political will for an ambitious global legal agreement in Paris in 2015. Specific initiatives in key action areas will be discussed including energy, forests, agriculture, transport, adaptation, disaster risk resilience and transformative cities. The meeting is intended to generate momentum for concrete actions by broadening and deepening understanding of specific international and multi-stakeholder climate efforts.
3 BOOK DONATION TO BENEFIT LIBRARIES IN RURAL SCHOOLS
The Library Services of Fiji recently received 20,000 copies of new books as a gift from Tauranga Public Library, New Zealand.
The Director of Library Services Mrs. Merewalesi Vueti expressed her appreciation to her New Zealand counter-part for such a generous offer.
“Library services has completed sorting of books and will begin distribution by the end of the week to the Western Public Libraries”, Vueti said.
This donation will assist in the enhancement of collection development in public, community, school libraries and Universities.
“I am happy to say that the island and remote school allocation are packed first, and will be delivered as transportation arrangements are made,” added Mrs. Vueti.
Vueti also urged the librarians around the country that will benefit from this donation to take care of the collection and ensure that collection development is enhanced for the benefit of the users.