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Seruiratu Briefs FAO Director General On COP23 Work

Seruiratu Briefs FAO Director General On COP23 Work
Minister for National Disaster Management Inia Seruiratu
June 16
10:00 2017

Climate Champion and Minister for Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management, Inia Seruiratu, met with the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Director-General, José Graziano da Silva.

The two discussed climate action preparations for the 23rd Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, known informally as COP23, which will be presided over by Fiji in Germany in November.

Minister Seruiratu in Rome, Italy, took the opportunity to brief the Director General on the planned climate action events that will take place during COP23.

They will focus on proven and credible initiatives and innovations that result in reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and strengthen community resilience against the impacts of climate change.

The Climate Champion emphasised that the Fijian Presidency was focused on showcasing climate action initiatives and solutions that are transformative, scalable and can be replicated. They are also applicable to small-island developing states.

The Director General said that the FAO was interested in the impact of climate change on agriculture, and how climate action could contribute toward SDG 2, which aims to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture.

He pledged the FAO’s full support for Fiji’s Presidency of COP23 to help drive progress on these issues.

Minister Seruiratu agreed that more attention needs to be placed on agriculture and food security in the climate action agenda.

He added that Pacific Island Countries need capacity development on climate-smart agriculture.

The Director General and High Level Champion also discussed how the climate action events during COP23 can advance the recommendations on oceans and food security that came out of the recent UN Ocean Conference.

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