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Seruiratu: Climate Change A Shared Responsibility

Seruiratu:  Climate Change A Shared Responsibility
President of the Federated State of Micronesia Peter Christian drinks kava during the traditional welcoming ceremony at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva on July 2, 2017 as Tuvalu president Enele Sopoaga and Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama (right) looks on. Photo: Jone Luvenitoga
July 03
11:00 2017

Inia Seruiratu says we all need to take ownership of climate change because this is a shared responsibility.

He is Fiji’s climate champion and Minister for Agriculture and Disaster Management.

While addressing the regional leaders who are in the country for a two-day Climate Action Pacific Partnership Event last night, Mr Seruiratu talked about the need for action, now. He said the private sector and financial institutions had a role to play too.

“This is the time to act, we are not waiting for 2020, 2030 or 2050. The time to act is now.”

Mr Seruiratu has called for serious discussions over the two days and for documents and communique to be ready for presentation to the world about issues that affect the Pacific.

He rightly pointed out that the Pacific receives global  acknowledgement for the active role it is playing and this meeting will ensure that an active exchanges of ideas takes place and focus on innovations and solutions is paramount.

“The Pacific is leading as we have the framework where we have brought together the two issues of disasters and climate change.”

Where a lot of focus is on adaptation to climate change, Mr Seruiratu said focus, also needed to be, on mitigation.

“We need to look at our mitigation as well because the more we mitigate now, the less we will have to adapt in the future”.

He said the financial constraints of Pacific Island Developing States was a reality. This was more reason why this meeting was critical to get all issues together, he added.

“We are bringing together all the partners. I hope we will strengthen the partnership. We cannot operate in isolation we know there are areas which needs more action”.

He said climate change cannot be isolated from other Sustainable Development Goals.

Mr Seruiratu said people had argued why SDG 2, which dealt with world hunger, needed to be discussed as part of climate change but he said it was a reality that people in Africa were dying of hunger which was a result of changing weather patterns.

The meeting will conclude with a Climate Action Pacific Partnership communique which would need to be endorsed by all stakeholders.

Edited by Nemani Delaibatiki


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