Peter Thomson is leading the United Nations advocacy and public outreach efforts inside and outside of the United Nations system, ensuring that the many positive outcomes of the UN’s Ocean Conference are fully analysed and implemented.
His work also includes engaging with the private sector, including the maritime industries, civil society, the scientific community, and other relevant stakeholders to coalesce and encourage their activities in support of the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14.
In recognition of the importance of the oceans for human health and prosperity, the UN Secretary-General appointed the distinguished Fijian diplomat as his Special Envoy for the Ocean in 2017. His goals are to follow up on the outcomes of the United Nations Ocean Conference in support of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, maintaining the momentum for action to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.
Elected President of the Assembly of the International Seabed Authority’s 2011-2012 session and President of the Council of the Authority’s 2015‑2016 session, Mr. Thomson chaired the Group of 77 and China (2013) and served as President of the Executive Board of the United Nations Development Programme/United Nations Population Fund/United Nations Office for Programme Support (UNDP/UNFPA/UNOPS) from 2014 to 2015. As a civil servant in the Government of Fiji, he devoted many years of his life to working in the fields of rural development and then foreign affairs.