Amb. Peter Thomson
UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean
Ambassador Peter Thomson was appointed as the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean in September 2017. Following the outcomes of the United Nations Ocean Conference held in New York in June 2017, the Special Envoy is tasked with driving action to achieve the targets of Sustainable Development Goal 14 (SDG14) to conserve and sustainably use the Ocean’s resources.
Ambassador Thomson served as Fiji’s Permanent Representative to the UN from 2010 until 2016, when he was elected as President of the 71st session of the UN General Assembly. Prior to that, in 2013 he chaired the Group of 77 and China, the negotiating block for developing countries at the UN. He also served as President of the Executive Board of UNDP/UNFPA/UNOPS from 2014-2015. Ambassador Thomson was elected as President of the Assembly of the International Seabed Authority’s 2011-2012 session, and as President of the Council of the Authority’s 2015-2016 session. As a civil servant in the Government of Fiji, Peter Thomson worked in the fields of rural development and then foreign affairs.