A workshop to develop Fiji’s first Low Emission Development Strategy (LEDS) got underway in Suva this morning.

The workshop serves as the first gathering of key stakeholders involved in the LEDS development process and its objective is to inform stakeholders on the LEDS process to date and to engage participants in discussion on Fiji’s long term vision for low emission development to 2050.

Officiating at the workshop Attorney-General and Minister responsible for Climate Change, Hon. Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum highlighted that developing LEDS for Fiji will set an example for the Pacific, as it will be the first LEDS for a Pacific small island developing state.

“Moreover Fiji’s LEDS will support our outgoing COP23 presidency and will further exemplify Fiji’s commitment to the Paris Agreement. It will add to an already impressive list of achievements from the talanoa dialogue to the oceans pathway showcasing Fiji’s continued pioneering leadership during a key point in our presidency.”

The A-G highlighted that the Fijian Government hoped that Fiji’s commitments and initiatives would set a model for other nations to follow and inspire actions where it is needed.

He also urged participants to be open and constructive in their discussion as it will play a key role in Fiji’s success.

“I urge each of you to not only take this as a responsibility but also as an opportunity to lead Fiji and the world a step forward.”

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