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Marijcke Thomson Proud Of Husband

  Forty-four years ago, the first job of the newly-elected President of the United Nations General Assembly 71st session, was as a district officer in Navua. This is where Fiji’s
15 Jun 2016 10:55
Marijcke Thomson Proud Of Husband
From right: Fiji’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Peter Thomson, daughter Nicola and wife Marijcke, after he was elected President of the UNGA 71st session.

 

Forty-four years ago, the first job of the newly-elected President of the United Nations General Assembly 71st session, was as a district officer in Navua.

This is where Fiji’s Ambassador to the United Nations, Peter Thomson honed in on the principles of good governance taught by his parents.

At least that is what his wife and Number One supporter Marijcke Thomson attributes his success to.

In his address after the election, Ambassador Thomson acknowledged his wife, daughter and sister who were also present at the UN meet.

UN members broke into applause.

“If you see the three of them, and you know that my grandchildren are all girls, you’ll know why I’m a HeForShe and why I stand for gender parity,” Ambassador Thomson said.

Mrs Thomson acknowledged that yesterday was truly a historic event for Fiji and the Pacific. Ambassador Thomson is the first national of a Pacific island country to be elected to the presidency in the history of the United Nations.

“A proud day for Fiji today as one of our own is elected to serve as president to the 193 states that make up the General Assembly at the United Nations and a proud day for me as the wife of Ambassador Thomson who’s principles of good governance were formed at his parents’ table and honed during his first job as district officer Navua in 1972. I know he will apply those same principles to the work of the 71st Session of the General Assembly,” she said.

Ambassador Thomson also acknowledged the hard work put in by the staff at the Fiji Mission in New York.

He made special mention of former President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau and long time diplomat, Ambassador Satya Nandan.

Meanwhile, Osnat Lubrani the UN Resident co-ordinator and UNDP resident representative congratulated Ambassador Thomson on his election.

“The election of Ambassador Thomson manifests Fiji’s staunch commitment to the United Nations.

“The chairmanship of the UN General Assembly presents an unprecedented opportunity for Fiji as well as the entire Pacific region, to contribute global leadership on the array of issues and challenges the UN is tasked with addressing, bringing the perspectives and experiences of Small Island Developing States,” she said.

Feedback:  rosi.doviverata@fijisun.com.fj

 

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