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Diplomat addresses UNITAR meeting

Fiji’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Her Excellency Nazhat Shameem Khan, addressed the diplomatic community at the first Friends of UNITAR (United Nations Institute for Training and Research) meeting this week in Geneva. KHAN:”I have come to know UNITAR through its Women’s Leadership Programme, which is providing valuable training opportunities for female delegates in […]

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May 7, 2016 10:42 am

Fiji’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Her Excellency Nazhat Shameem Khan, addressed the diplomatic community at the first Friends of UNITAR (United Nations Institute for Training and Research) meeting this week in Geneva.

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[Far-left] Ambassador Khan co-chairing the UNITAR event with her counterpart Finish Ambassador Païvi-Kairamo.Mr. Nikhil Seth, UNITAR Executive Director and UN Assistant Secretary-General.Photo credit MoïseKouadio, UNITAR.

KHAN:”I have come to know UNITAR through its Women’s Leadership Programme, which is providing valuable training opportunities for female delegates in Geneva. I have been particularly struck by the support that UNITAR has provided to Fiji in conducting extensive damage assessments through its satellite mapping and imagery analysis capacities, after Tropical Cyclone Winston that made landfall in February this year”

In the UNITAR event co-chaired with H.E. Ambassador PaïviKairamo of Finland, Mrs Khan noted how Fiji has recently benefited from UNITAR’s expertise and acknowledged the organisation’s work in a myriad of fields, such as training and capacity-development in multilateralism, economic development and social inclusion, environmental sustainability and green development, sustainable peace, research and technology applications. Maps and data of Fiji provided by UNITAR after TC Winston, between 22nd of February and 10th of March 2016, were made available to the public online: http://www.unitar.org/unosat/maps/FJI.

As a strong advocate for gender equality, Mrs Khan emphasised the diplomatic leadership programme to the women diplomats in Geneva. She also agreed to facilitate regular meetings and coherent engagements with UNITAR to ensure the international community contributes to and benefits from UNITAR’s expertise.

KHAN: “Capacity building must be at the heart of all development activities implemented in our respective countries and fields, and even more so as we work to implement the sustainable development goals, and I look forward to coordinating our engagement with UNITAR to facilitate its activities and much needed support to our governments and peoples”

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