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Dmitri Ready For Challenge

The new Regional Public Affairs Officer (RPAO) at the US Embassy in Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Tonga and Tuvalu, Dmitri Tarakhovsky is ready to take on the new challenge. He was
10 Nov 2015 10:11
Dmitri Ready  For Challenge
U.S. (United States of America) Embassy for Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Tonga and Tuvalu Regional Public Diplomacy Office new Public Diplomacy Officer Dmitri Tarakhovsky

The new Regional Public Affairs Officer (RPAO) at the US Embassy in Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Tonga and Tuvalu, Dmitri Tarakhovsky is ready to take on the new challenge. He was appointed two months ago.

“Fiji was my number one choice on the list of available positions; I always wanted to come here.  In fact, I found so much more here than I expected,” Mr Tarakhovsky said.

“I am in the process of forming partnerships with USP, Fiji National University, and University of Fiji.”

He said the United States was no stranger to the problem of climate change with its west and east coasts exposed to rising sea levels, droughts in California and other natural disasters linked to climate change.

“We have taken concrete steps to reduce emissions in the United States, established tough fuel efficiency standards, invested in renewable energy technologies and made other efforts aimed at addressing climate change,” he said.

“We are also prepared for a very serious conversation at the COP21 conference in Paris about reducing emissions globally.”

He said the administration of President Barack Obama had significantly increased financial support for developing countries to help them adapt to the impact of climate change.

“I just heard that the Fijian Government has made a commitment to reduce your country’s emissions by 30 per cent which is a great step forward.”

Mr Tarakhovsky said he was working towards the Oceans Conference planned by the US Embassy for next February.

“The date is still to be confirmed, but we are aiming at mid-February and we are working with a local organisation in Suva that will facilitate the logistical aspect of the conference,” he said.

“It will be a great opportunity to assess scientific and socio-economic aspects of climate changes and its impact on the oceans.

“We would like also to engage the media and, specifically social media to spread the word about the conference, its findings and best practices on preserving the oceans,” he said.

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