Representatives of the verious Fiji media organisations at the 'Meet the Media' morning tea event at the UNDP Pacific Office in Fiji (Photo: UNDP/Emily Moli)

With the new UNDP Pacific Office in Fiji Country Director and Head of Regional Policy and Programming, Bakhodir Burkhanov, settled in, representatives of media organisations in a recent Meet the Media Morning Tea Event had the opportunity to engage with him in dialogue and be recognized as an important partner in the country’s and the Pacific’s development work. 

“This is significant at a time when UNDP is going through some progressive and exciting changes and opportunities in terms of its regional delivery of services,” Burkhanov told journalists at the briefing. 

He added, “The role of the media as a valued partner in the process is of utmost importance and their efforts need to be acknowledged.” 

Regional Magazine - Business Melanesia Managing Editor, Stanley Simpson, called for UNDP’s support in media development in Fiji and the region - and future collaboration and partnerships. UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, Osnat Lubrani was also present and briefed the media on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). She reiterated the pivotal role the media plays in the advocacy and awareness of the SDGs in contributing to a sustainable society.

“To achieve the SDGs, it is essential to have a global partnership for development – and part of this partnership is an outreach through the Media,” said Lubrani. 

She also shared recent updates on the United Nations Pacific Strategy consultations in Nauru and Tonga.

“The Pacific Strategy will be the high-level guiding document for UN initiatives in the region until 2022 so we want to make sure it responds to the needs of our partners and helps to achieve sustainable development outcomes that really make a difference to communities,” Lubrani told journalists.

Burkhanov joined the UNDP Pacific Office in Fiji in July 2016 after serving as the Deputy Country Director in UNDP Vietnam for five years. Prior to this, he served as Deputy Resident Representative in Bhutan for three years. He is no stranger to the Pacific, having worked in UNDP Papua New Guinea previously.

Contact information

Emily Moli, UNDP Knowledge Communications Analyst, tel: (679) 3227 504; email:

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