Ambassador Peter Thomson created history when he was elected President of the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly, a one-year term that begun on September 2016 to August 2017. He was Fiji’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations based in New York. Ambassador Thomson was instrumental in the birth of SDG 14- Life Below Water, a stand alone goal on oceans to be among the UN’s 17 sustainable development goals (SDG). He spoke to Mereserini Marau-Totoka IB: You are now working for the UN after years of representing Fiji. What does your new appointment mean? THOMSON: As the UN Secretary-General’s special envoy for the ocean, I am charged with fortifying the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14, the ocean goal. My appointment signifies the UN’s determination to tackle the ocean’s mounting problems. From a Fijian perspective, this continues our tradition of providing international leadership on ocean issues, as Fiji was the first country to sign the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.
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