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Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama met the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Norway H. E. Ms. Eriksen Soreid along the margins of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.

At the meeting, the Foreign Minister of Norway congratulated Fiji on its inclusion into the UNHRC, the first country in the Pacific Islands to be elected into the Council as a member.

The Prime Minister and the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Norway exchanged ideas on issues pertaining to Climate change, Sustainable Ocean Economies; Internally Displaced Persons and the possibility of high-level bilateral exchanges or visits.

The Prime Minister also used the opportunity to share developments in Fiji and Fiji’s main focus given its election as a member and now Vice President of the UN Human Rights Council, which is a first for the Pacific Small Islands Developing States (SIDs).

In speaking with the H. E. Ms. Eriksen Soreide, Prime Minister Bainimarama reiterated that “Fiji will be a strong advocate for SIDS issues and strongly support the Human Rights Council initiatives on climate change, environment and internally displaced persons”

The Prime Minister is in Geneva to attend the 40th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, which is taking place from February 25 to March 22 at the Palais des Nations.