CSG Patricia Scotland meets Sanaka Samarasinha- UN Resident Coordinator

Secretary-General of the Commonwealth- Patricia Scotland, who attended the Pacific Islands Forum in Suva, met with Sanaka Samarasinha, UN Resident Coordinator, whose office covers Fiji, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Vanuatu and Tuvalu - some of the most disaster-prone in the world.

CSG Patricia Scotland meets Sanaka Samarasinha- UN Resident Coordinator
CSG Patricia Scotland meets Sanaka Samarasinha- UN Resident Coordinator

Fiji: Secretary-General of the Commonwealth– Patricia Scotland, who attended the Pacific Islands Forum in Suva, met with Sanaka Samarasinha, UN Resident Coordinator, whose office covers Fiji, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Vanuatu and Tuvalu – some of the most disaster-prone in the world. 

In the meeting, both discussed various matters of concern and relations between the Commonwealth and the United Nations. She stated that they shared their work with United Nations Satellite Centre- Unosat and UNITAR on Common Sensing, which assisted the governments that used satellite data to build resilience and access funds through Commonwealth CFAH. 

Through her social media, CSG Scotland noted, “Met with Sanaka Samarasinha, UN Resident Coordinator whose office covers Fiji, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Vanuatu and Tuvalu – some of the most disaster-prone in the world.” 

She expressed pleasure in holding an interactive engagement with Sanaka Samarasinha, where they discussed various issues related to the use of satellite data. 

CSG Patricia Scotland stated, “I shared our work with United Nations Satellite Centre – Unosat and UNITAR on Common Sensing, which helps governments use satellite data to build resilience and access funds through #Commonwealth CFAH.”

Besides this, Patricia Scotland held wide-ranging discussions on building resilience and boosting post-Covid recovery with Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, also Minister responsible for Climate Change.

She stressed that their discussions were mainly focused on the global issue called climate change and talked about the ways to combat the issue with developmental actions. 

CSG Scotland lauded the government of Fiji and added that Fiji’s leadership on Climate Action in the Commonwealth and beyond has been commendable.

Paricia Scotland expressed pleasure to meet Katherine Cooke, our Commonwealth National Climate Finance Adviser based in Min. of Economy and to hear about the Commonwealth CFAH’s work to support the government in accessing climate finance.

To date, the Commonwealth Finance Access Hub has secured the ~US $50 million for small states + US $762m in the pipeline.