At the fourth High Level Political Dialogue under article 8 of the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) – EU Partnership (Cotonou) Agreement in Brussels, Belgium, Fiji and EU exchanged views on Fiji’s international achievements, including Fiji’s election to the Vice-Presidency of the UN Human Rights Council, the country’s successful Presidency of COP23, its commitment to Chile’s Blue COP25 Presidency and its hosting of the recently concluded Asia Development Bank’s Board of Governors Meeting.
They assessed the recent visit to Fiji of UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres as an indication of Fiji’s rising international profile.
Both sides stressed their commitment to the full implementation of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and to address effectively the ambition gap.
The EU and Fiji also discussed priorities and developments in the area of human rights and the rule of law against the background of Fiji’s accession, in 2018, to the two Human Rights Covenants and also its current role as Vice-President of the UN Human Rights Council.
It is envisaged that the next Political Dialogue meeting will be held in Suva, Fiji, in 2020.