Fourteen PICs sent Ministers or ministerial representatives to participate in the
second stage "Ministerial Meeting on the Pacific Response to the ICPD PoA" held
in Nadi, Fiji, on 23-24 November 1998. The guest of honour was the Hon. Dr. Apenisa
Kurisaqila, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Fiji Islands.
Plenary session during the Ministerial Meeting, 23-24 November 1998
Mr. Jose Ferraris, UNFPA Representative, Fiji Sub-Regional Office
welcomed the delegates and spoke on the close partnership developed between UNFPA and PICs
in promoting the implementation of the ICPD PoA. He outlined the Pacific preparations for
the ICPD+5 process.
Ms. Uyen Luong, Deputy to the Director and Chief of the East and South
East Asia Branch, Asia and the Pacific Division, UNFPA Headquarters, thanked the
Government of Fiji for collaborating with UNFPA in organising this important meeting and
highlighted the important events planned for the ICPD+5 review process, especially the
forthcoming Hague Forum and the Special Session of the United Nations General Assembly on
30 June 2 July. The UN Resident Coordinator, Mr. Romulo V. Garcia, also addressed
the official opening of the Ministerial Meeting.
(3rd from left) Ms. Uyen Luong, Deputy to the Director and Chief of the
South East Branch, Asia and the Pacific Division, UNFPA, during the signing of the
Violence Against Women" project agreement.
The major outcome of the Ministerial Meeting was the issuance of a Communique and the
adoption of The Pacific Response to ICPD PoA as the basis of the submission to the
Hague Forum by the Pacific island country delegations.