Pacific nations now have a greater profile at the United Nations- in name at least.
The AFP reports that the Asian group of nations at the UN will now be known as the Asia-Pacific Group.
Fiji, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu are part of the re-named group.
Fiji’s UN ambassador Peter Thomson is quoted as saying, ‘It shows that the Pacific island states have come of age at the UN and they are wanting to play their full part and assume their rights and responsibilities.’
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will meet many Pacific Island leaders next week at the annual Pacific Islands Forum meeting in Auckland, New Zealand.