On 2 August 2017, the Republic of Fiji became the second country in Asia-Pacific to pledge support for the strengthening of the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC). The Kingdom of Thailand was the first country in the region to second staff members to UNOSSC in 2017. The positive response to second a staff member to the UNOSSC was conveyed through a letter from the permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to Mr Jorge Chediek, Director of UNOSSC and Envoy of the Secretary-General.
In his response to the generous contribution from the Republic of Fiji, Mr Chediek expressed his delight at Fiji’s positive contribution which corresponds to his request and the United Nations General Assembly Resolution 71/244 on South-South Cooperation adopted on 21 December 2016 that urged member states, UN Agencies and other partners to help strengthen the UNOSSC through secondment of staff.
The secondment from Fiji will enable the UN Office for South-South Cooperation to open a sub-office in the Pacific which will greatly enhance its outreach to the “Big Ocean Island States”. The secondment is also one of the outcomes of the regional South-South Consultation towards BAPA + 40 that was convened by the UN Office for South-South Cooperation, UNESCAP and the Royal Thai Government on 27-29 June.