FIJI’S Ambassador for Climate Change and Oceans Amena Yauvoli was formally endorsed by the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) as its director-general.
Foreign Affairs Minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola confirmed this following a meeting of the MSG at the Tanoa Waterfront Hotel in Lautoka.
“Senior officials of the MSG met on Tuesday and Wednesday and documented the appointment and endorsement of Amabassador Yauvoli for the position.
“This was endorsed by the foreign ministers of the MSG,” Ratu Inoke told the Fiji Sun.
He said this would be taken up to the MSG Leaders Summit in Honiara on July 14 where Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama would be attending.
Ambassador Yauvoli replaces former Director General Peter Forau, who resigned citing lack of budgetary support and declining commitment from MSG countries to the group’s programme.
“Basically this issue has been resolved.”
Ambassador Yauvoli was interim secretary-general of the Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF), before he was appointed as Ambassador for Climate Change and Oceans.
He had also served as Fiji’s Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs.
His resume also included serving as senior policy advisor for Sustainable Development with the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) from January 2004 to December 2005 and manager/director of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community North Pacific Regional Office in Federated States of Micronesia from February 2008 to December 2012.