Attonery-General: Climate Change Impacts People In Many Ways

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said three villages in Fiji have been moved to different locations because of climate change.
27 Mar 2019 12:45
Attonery-General: Climate Change Impacts People In Many Ways
United Nations Trust Fund for Human Security (UNTFHS) and stakeholders meeting on Climate Change and Disaster Displacement workshop participants with Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum at the Holiday Inn Suva on March 26, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Climate Change impacts people in a tangible, direct and practical manner, says Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.

He was speaking at the launch of the “Enhancing the Protection and Environment of Migrants and Communities Affected by Climate Change and Disasters in the Pacific Region Project” yesterday in Suva.

It is a three-year project relating to climate change and migration in the Pacific.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said three villages in Fiji have been moved to different locations because of climate change.

“We have to be able to deal with this issue head on. We have to be able to understand that it does create an external threat to countries, societies and in ways that people have lived with for generations,” Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.

“The reality is, of course, not that easy. The reality is that it does pose a number of legal issues; it does pose a number of socio-economic issues.

“This is why I think this workshop is very important because there are a number of issues that come into play.

“All these issues need to be looked at.”

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said there was no proper legal framework for people affected when finding refuge in other places in the region.

He added there was an urgent need to start developing proper rules and processes to deal with the situation.

UN Resident coordinator Donglin Li said the discussions on disaster management, climate change adaptation, and related migration issues was at the forefront of many national development strategies, regional policy frameworks, and sustainable development priorities.

“As part of the efforts by the UNCT (United Nations Country Team) in the Pacific, in alignment with the United Nations Pacific Strategy 2018-2022 that supports national development plans, this three-year regional project seeks to protect and empower communities adversely affected by climate change and disasters in the Pacific region, focusing specifically on climate change and disaster- related migration, displacement and planned relocation,” Mr Li said.

“The project will apply a human security framework to address the associated challenges of climate change and migration, looking at strengthening protection and empowerment of vulnerable communities by placing them at the centre.

It will support governments to develop appropriate policies, but also work to empower migrants and communities to adapt to climate change.”

The project is aimed for Fiji, Vanuatu, Tuvalu, Kiribati, and the Marshall Islands and will run from this year to 2021.

Edited by Susana Tuilau


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