Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, National Development, and Statistics, Hon. Biman Prasad, and the United Nations Resident Coordinator to Fiji, Mr. Dirk Wagener, signed the Fiji Country Implementation Plan in Suva today.

As part of the plan, UN contributions will be examined in relation to Fiji's national development priorities and ways in which the Government and UN can better align their programmes in order to ensure that Fiji stays on track to achieve its sustainable development objectives.

DPM Prasad emphasised the importance of working with the United Nations and Fiji's development partners in order to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

 The UN Resident Coordinator in Fiji, Dirk Wagener, stressed the importance of providing innovative, cross-sectoral technology support, access to global advocacy platforms and networks, and cost-effective solutions to Small Island States.

There were also discussions on Fiji's national priorities across a range of areas, such as climate change, health, environmental protection, gender equality, human rights and economic empowerment.

Present at the discussions were senior government officials and representatives from the various United Nations agencies.