1972-87, civil servant in the government of Fiji, working in the fields of rural development and foreign affairs. 1978, joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Suva; postings included Japan, Australia and Fiji; in Fiji, served as Permanent Secretary of Information and Permanent Secretary to the Governor-General; 1987, resigned from the civil service; 2010, resumed diplomatic duties. Formerly: Fiji’s permanent representative to the United Nations in New York; 2013, chaired the United Nations’ largest negotiating bloc, the Group of 77 and China; 2014, served as President of the Executive Board of the UN Development Programme/UN Population Fund/UN Office for Programme Support; President of the 71st session of the UN General Assembly. October 2017, appointed UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean.
In the coastal state of Odisha, India, women farmers have turned a crisis into an opportunity.
The name of our planet is misleading. We call it Earth, yet over 70% of its surface is covered by the ocean. Sometimes we forget how essential the ocean is for the water we drink, the air...
Seven of the world’s most powerful heads of state are meeting in Quebec. Fortunately, their host Canada has put saving the ocean at the heart of their discussions. I believe this meeting ...
The ocean has shaped my life, from my beginnings in the outer islands of Fiji to my appointment last year as the UN Secretary-General’s special envoy for the ocean.
The ocean is in trouble. Its bill of health does not make for happy reading, and there is clear conclusion that human-based activities are the cause of the ocean’s decline.