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Climate Change Impinges Development: Emberson

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ director climate change, Peter Emberson, reminded members of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Session yesterday that climate change impinged on people’s right to development. He was
15 Jun 2015 11:40
Climate Change Impinges Development: Emberson

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ director climate change, Peter Emberson, reminded members of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Session yesterday that climate change impinged on people’s right to development.

He was making a presentation on climate change in the Pacific to participants of the joint session at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva.

“It affects our development strategies and if improperly handled leads to further marginalisation and poverty,” he said.

Mr Emberson discussed the need to take action to prevent climate change as it is currently affecting the Pacific Islands.

He told participants of the joint session it was incumbent upon them as leaders to think long-term and come up with durable solutions.

“These would ensure our people are empowered with information and capacity and have enabling policy in place to translate their knowledge into resilient actions,” Mr Emberson said.

“With an inclusive budget in place this will help people tone down and adapt to the changes occurring in their natural environment,” he said.

GOALS

He explained how Fiji was battling this common issue and stated the Government’s goals on the national climate change policy which was launched in 2012.

Participants of the joint parliamentary session were briefed on the policy goals and discussed challenges faced in Fiji while trying to combat climate change.

“Awareness raising remains a continued challenge as one such area is the understanding the science and the attribution,” he said.

He added there was also a need to ensure that the identified adaptation and mitigation projects cycle also had a monitoring component.

“These would act as safeguards to ensure that projects are successful and not posing more harm to the environment or communities,” he said.

The formal opening ceremony of the 29th Session of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly will be conducted today.

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