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Climate Change Key Issue At Talks :Minister

The importance of regional co-operation in disaster-risk management and climate change will be one of the key discussions at the Pacific Islands Forum Foreign Ministers Meeting in Suva today. This
12 Aug 2016 11:58
Climate Change Key Issue At Talks :Minister
Minister for Foreign Affairs Ratu Inoke Kubuabola (left), and Papua New Guinea High Commissioner Lucy Bogari at the opening of the Pacific Islands Forum Foreign Ministers meeting at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva last night. Photo: Paulini Ratulailai

The importance of regional co-operation in disaster-risk management and climate change will be one of the key discussions at the Pacific Islands Forum Foreign Ministers Meeting in Suva today.

This was revealed by Minister for Foreign Affairs Ratu Inoke Kubuabola, while welcoming Pacific Island ministers, senior government and private sector officials and representatives to the forum at the Grand Pacific Hotel.

The island leaders were also accorded a full traditional welcoming ceremony.

Ratu Inoke highlighted the need to collectively address the challenges affecting Pacific Small Islands Developing States.

“We should begin to lay the ground works for a thorough and comprehensive contextualisation of the 17 SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) in the quickly changing socio-economic and political landscape of the Pacific.

“We should be aligning all our agenda items to these goals,” he said.

Ratu Inoke reiterated the need to make regionalism work and a living, dynamic reality with all stakeholders included.

“We are confident that country ownership of the issues at hand and a member-driven process will add to effective regionalism,” he said.

“There is so much we can learn from each other as a region. There are some good practices in the region that need to be shared.”

Ratu Inoke also stressed the need to take more ownership of climate financing.

“It’s one thing to ratify the Paris Agreement, it’s another thing to put together proposals to access these finances.

“There is a great need to boost the capacity of our public officials to understand the processes that are in place to access these climate funds,” he said.

New Zealand’s Foreign Minister Murray McCully is expected to arrive in the country to also attend the forum meeting.

The meeting comes ahead of the upcoming Forum leaders summit in the Federated States of Micronesia early next month.

Edited by Nemani Delaibatiki

 

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