Vakadewabuka For UN Fiji Mission Job

“I am excited to be the third Fijian to be holding this position and work at the UN Mission in New York,” Lieutenant Colonel Vakadewabuka said.
03 Sep 2021 14:58
Vakadewabuka For UN Fiji Mission Job
Lieutenant-Colonel Neumi Vakadewabuka. Photo: Police Media Cell

Republic of Fiji Military Forces Lieutenant Colonel Neumi Vakadewabuka has been appointed as the Designate Military and Police Advisor at Fiji’s Mission to the United Nations in New York.

Originally from Daviko in Tailevu, the 35-year-old father of four will be leaving this month to be based at the UN Multilateral Mission in New York for a period of two years.

Lieutenant-Colonel Vakadewabuka joined the RFMF after completing his foundation studies from the University of the South Pacific.

He said he wished to try new things and saw it as a challenge.

“My late mother encouraged me to try the RFMF. Mother passed away four months ago and if she were around, she would have been incredibly happy about the appointment as she was the driving force behind my success,” he said.

“I have had relevant experience in the field and was deployed to four UN missions in Syria, Iraq, and Sinai.

“I also returned from the Australian Defence Force for work and study programme on Strategy and Security.”

Lieutenant-Colonel Vakadewabuka said the appointment came to him as a surprise when he was advised last week.

He added that it was unexpected for him as he had been serving as a frontliner looking after the RFMF personnel with the Ministry of Health and Medical Services at the borders in Nadi.

He said part of his role will be looking after the interest of Fiji, RFMF, and Police at UN Headquarters and interest in the global peacekeeping front.

“I am excited to be the third Fijian to be holding this position and work at the UN Mission in New York,” Lieutenant Colonel Vakadewabuka said.

Expanding UN footprint

The Commissioner of Police, Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho wished him well and reiterated the Fiji Police’s intent of expanding its United Nations footprint.

“The pandemic has affected our routine deployments, however at present we have officers serving in UN Police and RFMF missions as well as senior UN appointments,” he said.

“We are also actively looking at increasing the participation of women Police officers and this was supported with a commitment made to host an all-female UN Selection Assistance and Assessment Team (SAAT) test in Fiji last year, and we are eager to tap into this opportunity again,” Brigadier-General Qiliho said.




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