Fiji will continue to lead the Pacific campaign in addressing the impact of climate change and will use its leadership position to advance climate talks on the international stage.
This was highlighted by Fiji’s Head of Mission to the European Union and COP23 Climate Envoy to the UNFCCC, Ambassador Deo Saran at a conference in Hanover on ‘Climate Change Adaptation in Small Islands Developing States’.
The event brings together senior government officials, diplomats, researchers, academics, analysts and scientists to contribute towards discussions on how SIDS continue to adapt to the impacts of climate change and the collective contributions made to address this.
As keynote speaker at the event speaking on behalf of the COP23 Presidency, Ambassador Saran highlighted the vulnerability of Pacific SIDS adding that “these extreme weather patterns impede economic development, hamper residents’ ability to access clean water, and destroy the soil that nations rely on for agriculture and fundamental food security.”
He pointed that whilst “the human, social, environmental and economic costs of inaction-or insufficient action-are unacceptable, but the Pacific Island states are moving forward with plans aimed at adapting and creating greater resilience to climate change.”
Ambassador Saran said that the solidarity amongst Pacific leaders on the issue is driving momentum amongst Pacific countries.