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Fisheries Minister In Germany For ‘Turning the Tide’ Dialogue

Minister for Fisheries Semi Koroilavesau, participated in a dialogue event at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Co-operation and Development (BMZ) in the country’s capital on May 29, 2017. The
01 Jun 2017 11:00
Fisheries Minister In Germany For ‘Turning the Tide’ Dialogue
Our Oceans Champion and Minister for Fisheries Semi Koroilavesau.

Minister for Fisheries Semi Koroilavesau, participated in a dialogue event at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Co-operation and Development (BMZ) in the country’s capital on May 29, 2017.

The dialogue, called ‘Turning the Tide – The Sustainable Development Goals and the Ocean’, comprised politicians, scientists, and civil society.

The talks were held around central themes related to the Sustainable Development Goal 14 and the upcoming Ocean Conference which will be held at the UN Headquarters in New York from June 5 to 9 under the Co-Presidency of Fiji and Sweden.

The event was held also with the Group of Twenty (G20) Think Tanks to discuss ocean issues such as pollution, climate change, and overfishing which are increasing the pressure on oceans and threatening the lives of millions of people.

Mr Koroilavesau delivered a statement and engaged in a panel discussion to speak about the challenges of small island developing states in conservation and sustainable development of the oceans and Fiji’s approaches to addressing these challenges, including expectations of the outcomes from the upcoming Ocean Conference.

A supporting character of the meeting related to the bridging of science and policy and how such linkages can be used to address the experiences and issues felt by vulnerable States, including small island developing states (SIDS).

Recognising the G20’s special responsibility in the global effort to achieve the necessary turnaround for sustainable ocean development, Mr Koroilavesau encouraged partners including G20 think-tanks to share their experiences and best practices with SIDS in an open manner as the avenue for partnerships between the developing and developed countries.

In providing insight as Fiji’s Ocean Champion Mr Koroilavesau told the participants that the conference: “Brings with it a high hope that all involved will endeavour to ensure that the global momentum on oceans will be sustained, that voluntary commitments achieve all relevant targets, and that a global coalition will ensure that the various efficiencies that can be contributed toward achieving SDG 14 are shared and delivered for all.”

Mr Koroilavesau told participants of Fiji’s strong attachment to the great importance of the Ocean Conference and particularly the current global efforts on oceans citing Fiji’s heavy dependence on the ocean.

“But sadly, the scientists have revealed that the ocean has now reached its tipping point to be able to properly provide the essential services that Mother Earth needs,” Mr Koroilavesau said.

“We have for the past decades been taking more resources from the marine environment than it can sustainably provide us, and through marine pollution and debris, illegal and destructive fishing practices, and the human-induced effects of climate change, we are severely testing the ability of the oceans and seas to maintain significant life for the sustenance of generations to come.”

Alongside German BMZ Minister Gerd Muller, Mr Koroilavesau also participated in the launching of Germany’s initiatives for the Ocean Conference. The Conference commences soon where members will attend to endorse the “Call for Action” for the Conference.

Source: Ministry of Fisheries

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