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Forum Important For Establishing Pacific Network

Forum Important For Establishing Pacific Network
Minister for Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Development, National Disaster Management and Meteorological Services Inia Seruiratu while closing the Global Employers Climate Action Forum at Holiday Inn, Suva on July 25, 2018 . Photo: DEPTFO.
July 27
14:58 2018

The Global Employers Climate Action Forum was an important step to establishing the Pacific network, says Fiji’s Climate Champion Inia Seruiratu.

The Minister for Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Development, National Disaster Management and Meteorological Services said when the Presidency of the network shifts; engagement and collaboration in the Pacific will continue.

Mr Seruiratu was speaking at the closing of the Forum on Wednesday.

He said that meeting the commitments Fiji has made to the world in Paris requires a more ambitious climate action by all stakeholders.

He said that all sub-national governments, companies and civil societies around the globe have to be effective.

“We need to step up the engagement with non-party actors to promote climate-compatible investment decisions to encourage innovation and development,” Mr Seruiratu said.

“We also need to harness their skills and knowledge.”

He also acknowledged the businesses and their initiatives as they are taking climate action in many different and meaningful ways.

“I understand that some of your companies and initiatives have committed to using 100 per cent renewable energy and to support the sustainable transition towards low emission and resilient development,” Mr Seruiratu said.

Mr Seruiratu who leads efforts to prepare communities to be resilient towards the impacts of natural disasters said more needs to be done and further co-ordination are critical to raising ambition.

Mr Seruiratu added that adaptation was a very important topic for the region.

He said as initiatives have been put in places such as the Fiji business Resilience Council and the Vanuatu Business Resilience Community that are working with partners across their supply chains to address their vulnerability.

He also acknowledged the work of the Global Employers for the climate action network for expanding their outreach and gathering more countries and businesses, especially in the Pacific.

Mr Seruiratu reiterated Mr Sayed-Khaiyum’s opening remarks that: “The reality is no matter what we do at home; our fate will ultimately be determined by the collective action taken by the nations of the world.

“On the global stage, it’s become clear that current Nationally Determined Commitments fall well short of the goal to keep global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.”

He went on to say how NDCs can be strengthened including linkages to the sustainable development goals will be important to share widely especially with the public sector and the government.

“The government has a lot to learn from the private sector and government can provide a conducive investment environment to allow for growth in private sector innovations,” Minister Seruiratu said.

Minister Seruiratu concluded by congratulating the Fiji Employers Federation Council for the Successful organisation of the Forum and also recognised the contributions from supporting partners.

The Forum was held at the Holiday Inn in Suva and the themed: Resilient Business and Communities”.

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