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Fiji

Fiji is an archipelago in the South Pacific, sitting to the north of New Zealand and the north-east of Australia. It is made up of about 300 islands, only about 100 of which are inhabited. The islands feature a central range of mountains, giving way to plateaus, lowlands and coastal plains. Almost half of Fiji’s total area is covered by forests. 

Key facts

  • Region: Pacific
  • Population: 883,480 (2018) 
  • Area: 18,272 square kilometres 
  • Capital: Suva  
  • Joined Commonwealth: 1970, following independence from Britain; membership suspended October 1987 to October 1997, June 2000 to December 2001, and from December 2006 to September 2014 
  • Commonwealth Youth Index: 25 out of 49 countries 

Secretariat support for Fiji 

Youth 

Fiji held a workshop for young people on helping to address climate change using a Commonwealth training toolkit. Participants learned about climate negotiations, communications and campaigning.  

The University of the South Pacific in Fiji is preparing to deliver the Commonwealth’s degree in youth work. 

Education 

A Commonwealth Education Policy Framework (CEPF) workshop was held in October 2017 in Fiji. The country acted on resulting recommendations to improve education management and delivery.   

Human Rights 

The Secretariat helped Fiji’s campaign to become a member of the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council. It joined in October 2018 and will now be part of the UN human rights review process. 

Violence against women 

Fiji co-sponsored a Commonwealth seminar in March 2019 on a mechanism help prevent male violence and murders of women and girls. 

Economic development 

The Secretariat helped Fiji encourage citizens who now live overseas to invest money in the country.

The Secretariat also gave Fiji advice on managing its public debt. 

The Secretariat sent three advisers to Fiji from March 2014 to August 2018 to support its trade policy and negotiations of trade agreements. 

Blue Charter

Fiji champions the Ocean and Climate Change Action Group. This Group works with existing networks to improve ocean health through climate action.

Fiji is also a member of the Commonwealth Clean Ocean Alliance and the Sustainable Aquaculture Action Groups.

Connectivity Agenda

Fiji is a member of the Supply Side Connectivity cluster of the Commonwealth Connectivity Agenda. The Connectivity Agenda is a platform for countries to exchange best practices and experiences to trade and investment and undertake domestic reform.

Fiji in the Commonwealth 

The Commonwealth Local Government Forum has its Pacific regional office in Suva. 

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