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India Gives $2.08m For COP23

A-G: Support highlights collaboration between our nations The Government of India has contributed US$1million (FJ$2.08m) to our Government’s COP23 trust fund. This was confirmed by the Acting Prime Minister and
26 May 2017 11:00
India Gives $2.08m For COP23
Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum during the India-Pacific Island Sustainable Development Conference at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva on May 25, 2017. Photo: Ronald Kumar

A-G: Support highlights collaboration between our nations

The Government of India has contributed US$1million (FJ$2.08m) to our Government’s COP23 trust fund.

This was confirmed by the Acting Prime Minister and Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum at the opening of the India-Pacific Islands Sustainable Development Conference which began at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva yesterday.

The Attorney-General said the contribution was very much appreciated.

The Indian government has also offered technical assistance in resourcing and helping various aspects of the COP23 office in Fiji.

He said the offer was welcomed as Fiji does require technical assistance.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said the contribution from India not only benefits Fiji, but all other Pacific Island countries.

Fiji has called on all Pacific leaders to meet in July to have a discussion in regards to their positions on the Paris Agreement.

He said Fiji has a unique situation as the country holds the COP23 presidency, but the meeting will be held in Bonn, Germany (because of the size of the event).

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said India’s contribution shows that collaboration can take place between a highly industrialised country and a Pacific Island nation.

He says this sort of collaboration signifies what can be done.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum also highlighted that there is a great need for all Pacific Islands to work together in their tourism organisations in order to tap into the largest outbound tourism markets such as India, which will be the largest outbound tourism market in years to come.

He said the Pacific nations were looking forward to working with India to spur the industrialised world into action and dramatically reduce the harmful emissions of warming the planet’s atmosphere.

“There is no limit to the lessons we in the Pacific can take from India’s experience, nor to the opportunities for collaboration between our countries throughout our region and together as a unified voice in global forums,” he said.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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