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Fiji Needs Partners’ Aid During Disasters: Konrote

Fiji’s development partners and multi­lateral agencies are crucial to raise the level of adaptive capacity without compromising the nation’s economic and social obliga­tions, said Permanent Sec­retary for Economy Mak­ereta Konrote.
07 Dec 2016 11:00
Fiji Needs Partners’ Aid During Disasters: Konrote
Participants at the Regional Dialogue on (Intended) NationallyDetermined Contributions at Tanoa International Hotel yesterday. Photo:ARISHMAA DEVI-NARAYAN

Fiji’s development partners and multi­lateral agencies are crucial to raise the level of adaptive capacity without compromising the nation’s economic and social obliga­tions, said Permanent Sec­retary for Economy Mak­ereta Konrote.

“This level of support was evident in the overwhelm­ing response Fiji received in support of the humani­tarian and relief effort fol­lowing Cyclone Winston,” Ms Konrote said.

Ms Konrote highlighted this at the Regional Dia­logue on (Intended) Nation­ally Determined Contribu­tions, (INDC) for the Pacific Islands yesterday at Tanoa International Hotel.

She also acknowledged that the Pacific was a re­gion exposed to a high level of vulnerability and risk while at the same time constrained in its ability to adapt in a timely and effec­tive manner.

Ms Konrote also highlight­ed the intended Nationally Determined Contributions from various countries that led up to the COP 21 in Paris in 2015.

She said the current levels to reduce greenhouse gas emissions were at 60 per­cent and the aim was to re­duce it by 30 percent by the year 2030 from a base year of 2013.

United Nations Develop­ment Programme, Resident Representative, Osnat Lu­brani, congratulated the Government of Fiji for its appointment as the Presi­dent of COP23 which will be held in Bonn, Germany in 2017.

“This is not only a signifi­cant step for Fiji or the Pa­cific, but for Small Islands Developing states globally,” Ms Lubrani said.

The two day regional dialogue will see delibera­tions from around 54 par­ticipants from the Pacific Island countries.

The participants have been provided a platform to exchange country experi­ences and perspectives on preparing the (I) NDCs and planning for implementa­tion, including envisioned challenges and support needs.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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