Fiji places great importance on the issue of loss and damage for the sake of our people, our Pacific neighbors, and the billions of other climate vulnerable people throughout the world, says COP 23 Chief Negotiator Ambassador Luke Daunivalu at the Suva Expert Dialogue on Loss and Damage in Bonn, Germany.

CN Daunivalu said Fiji was on the front line of climate threat and urged those present to focus on how they, as a global community could respond effectively to extreme weather events, along with rising seas, changes to agriculture and other increasingly unavoidable impacts of climate change.

“The Fijian Presidency places high importance on what is happening here today, which builds on the achievements at COP23 relating to loss and damage. These include the Fiji Clearing House for Risk Transfer and the InsuResilience Global Partnership, generously supported by Germany and the UK, which aims to bring affordable insurance and other financial protection to millions of vulnerable people around the world. This was a great achievement, but we need to do more.”

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