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President Kaljulaid: Fiji’s activity within the UN sets a good example for other smaller countries

President Kaljulaid: Fiji’s activity within the UN sets a good example for other smaller countries
President Kaljulaid and prime minister of Fiji Bainimarama.
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“Considering its size, Fiji is a very visible, active and successful country that sets a good example for other smaller countries. For example, in terms of population numbers, Fiji’s contribution of troops to the UN peace securing operations is the largest,” said President Kersti Kaljulaid yesterday, at her meeting with President Jioji Konousi Konrote.

Security issues in the region, primarily including climate change, major storms and health care, were discussed at the meeting of the Estonian and Fiji head of states. The area of Fiji is approximately 18,000 square kilometres and it consists of 330,000 islands with a total population of 900,000 people.

At the meeting with Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama, the opportunities for co-operation between Fiji and Estonia within international organisations, the digital sphere and higher education were discussed. For example, at the moment, negotiations are in process to enter into an agreement for the exchange of students between Tallinn University of Technology and Fiji National University.

President Kaljulaid also met, as a co-chair of the UN Every Woman, Every Child (EWEC) movement that focuses on health and welfare of women, children and young persons, with the representatives of the UN on Fiji to discuss the health care of women and children in this area. President Kaljulaid was appointed to the position of EWEC co-chair in September.

President Kersti Kaljulaid has been on a foreign visit to Australia and Oceania since Saturday to gather support for Estonia’s candidacy for the position of a non-permanent member of the Security Council of the UN. The Estonian Head of State has already visited Australia and Vanuatu and will proceed to New Zealand after Fiji to meet with the Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, the Governor-General, Dame Patsy Reddy, and the diplomatic representatives of Pacific islands.

 

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