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Ratu Inoke Meets Swedish PM

  The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola, met  Swedish Prime Minister, Stefan Löfven at  the 21st Conference of Parties (COP21) in Paris. He was with other Heads of
03 Dec 2015 10:37
Ratu Inoke Meets Swedish PM

 

The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola, met  Swedish Prime Minister, Stefan Löfven at  the 21st Conference of Parties (COP21) in Paris.

He was with other Heads of Delegations from the Pacific Islands on the invite of the Swedish Prime Minister.

The meeting was organised to acknowledge that climate change had posed a threat to people’s survival in Pacific Island States.

Mr Löfven said the Swedish government had offered its assistance in partnering closely with the Pacific Islands States in tackling climate change and building resilience against the negative impacts of climate change.

He said Sweden had taken a leading role in climate finance to secure funding for necessary mitigation and adaption measure.

“As the largest per capita donor to the Green Climate Fund (GCF), the Swedish government will look into strongly as to how the Pacific Islands can effectively access such funds,” he said.

He also said that a strong outcome from COP 21 was critical and offered Sweden’s expertise in the areas of resource accessibility and renewable energy technology.

Ratu Inoke acknowledged Sweden being sympathetic and responsive to the Pacific’s urgent situation and needs – in climate change, ocean issues and sustainable development.

He said that unless the international community committed to drastic emission cuts low-lying Pacific Islands risk losing everything.

“Fiji has already relocated about 40 communities from their ancestral homes to higher ground and has identified more than 800 that are under direct threat from rising sea levels,” he said.

He also used the opportunity to inform the participants of Fiji’s initiatives towards energy efficient policies and its various green initiatives.

Ratu Inoke apologised for the absence of Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama who had returned to Fiji early  because of the death of elder brother Ratu Meli Bainimarama.

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