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  • | 26 August, 2016

    CANCELLED: FCCC Briefing by the President of the UN General Assembly’s 71st session, H.E. Peter Thomson

    Please note, this event has been cancelled. The Office of the President of the UN General Assembly’s 71st session apologises for any inconvenience caused.



    The President of the United Nations General Assembly for the 71st session is in town this week to visit the MoFA and also the FCCC. His mission for the 71st session of the UN General Assembly, which begins on 13 September, is to lead action on and implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. He will also be co-chairing the UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants on 19 September 2016 and hosting a UN Conference on Oceans (5-9 June 2017).

    ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Born in Suva, the Fijian diplomat Peter Thomson began his career as a development worker digging latrines and building sea walls. He served as the Government’s Permanent Secretary of Information, and was a member of the boards of Fiji TV and the Fiji Broadcasting Commission. He has served as Fiji’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations since February 2010.






    Other, Speaker | 8 September, 2016

    China’s long road to world class wine production, tasting and lecture

    In recent years, the increasing willingness of Chinese consumers to choose Bordeaux over baijiu has made China into of the fastest-growing wine markets in the world. But what of China’s own wine? Although China is rarely mentioned in a list of the world’s best terroirs, vast tracts of its countryside are now dedicated to the grape and investment is being pumped into technological advancements, leading some to believe China is well on the road to world-class wine production.
    How much do you know about Chinese wine?

    Here’s your opportunity to taste and learn with leading wine consultant, Fongyee Walker.

    ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Fongyee Walker is the co-founder, with Edward Ragg, of Dragon Phoenix Wine Consulting, Beijing’s first and fully independent wine consulting and education service (est. 2007). She is currently working on her MW research project on viticulture in China. Having begun to study wine whilst at Cambridge reading for a Ph.D. in Classical Chinese, Walker was Captain of the Cambridge University Blind Wine Tasting Team and she is now a specialist wine educator and consultant (in English and Mandarin) as well as a WSET Certified Wine Educator. Under her direction Dragon Phoenix has become Mainland China’s most successful WSET provider by results and is the only provider permitted to teach the full WSET Level 4 Diploma. Fongyee is also a columnist for Decanter (China), as well as writing for The World of Fine Wine, Drink Magazine (Shanghai), RVF China and acts as a blind-tasting panellist for many Chinese wine magazines.