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Media Release

Fiji Elected to Vice-Presidency of UN General Assembly

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03 August 2011: Fiji’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations has been elected to serve as one of the Vice-Presidents for the 66th Session of the UN General Assembly.  The 66th Session begins on 13th September 2011 and runs for a year.

Fiji’s Permanent Representative, Ambassador Peter Thomson, expressed deep gratitude for the confidence shown by the General Assembly in entrusting this role to Fiji at the United Nations.  He also gave every assurance that Fiji would perform the role with diligence and all due propriety.

The UN General Assembly has an elected President, supported by 21 elected Vice-Presidents.  The President of the 66th Session will be H.E. Mr Nassir Al-Nasser of the State of Qatar.

As a Vice-President of the General Assembly, Fiji’s Permanent Representative will be required from time to time to preside over the deliberations of the General Assembly, when the President is not available. 

In addition, the Vice-Presidents are members of the UN’s General Committee.  This committee is chaired by the President of the General Assembly and deals with procedural and organisational matters of the Assembly’s session.             


(Photo inset: Ambassador Peter Thomson at the UN)