New Zealand Permanent Mission Geneva, Switzerland
New Zealand Helps Shape The Debate: Peacebuilding in Fragile States.
On 20 March 2014, the New Zealand Permanent Mission in Geneva co-hosted a side event in the margins of the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) Governing Body on the links between employment and peace building in fragile states.
We were honoured to partner with the Permanent Mission of Timor-Leste, the g7+ Secretariat and the ILO for what was a well-attended and widely-praised event. The Prime Minister of Somalia, His Excellency Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed and the Finance Minister of Timor-Leste (also chair of the g7+), Her Excellency Emilia Pires joined an employers’ representative from Cote d’Ivoire, Mr. Ousseine Diallo and a workers’ representative from Guinea, Ms. Rabiatou Diallo to share experiences and lessons on the critical role of employment in building peace in fragile states.
In addition to the panel discussion, the event included the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the ILO and the General Secretary of the g7+ Secretariat, Dr. Helder da Costa. Dr. da Costa has over 27 years’ experience in development economics, agriculture, and aid effectiveness and graduated from Massey University under a New Zealand Development Scholarship in the 1990s. The New Zealand link continued after the conclusion of the official segment with a reception hosted by New Zealand – an opportunity for guests to enjoy a taste of New Zealand’s unique cuisine and hospitality.