UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean
Peter Thomson of Fiji was appointed UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean in October 2017. Mr. Thomson was the president of the 71st session of the UN General Assembly. Previously, Mr Thomson served as Fiji’s permanent representative to the United Nations in New York since 2010. For the duration of 2013, he chaired the United Nations’ largest negotiating bloc, the Group of 77 and China. In 2014, he served as president of the executive board of the UN Development Programme/UN Population Fund/UN Office for Programme Support.
Between 1972 and 1987, Mr Thomson was a civil servant in the government of Fiji working in the fields of rural development and foreign affairs. In 1978, he joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Suva. His postings included Japan, Australia and Fiji. In Fiji he served as permanent secretary of information and permanent secretary to the governor-general before resigning from the civil service in 1987. Mr Thomson resumed diplomatic duties in 2010.