Special consideration for small island states

The Fiji Times:

Thursday, 26 November 2015


Special consideration needs to be given to the vulnerabilities of the small island developing states in addressing the negative impacts of climate change.

Limited financial, technical and human resource capacities are also some of the hurdles faced by the small island nations, says director Economic Governance at the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat Shiu Raj.

Last week, Mr Raj sought the support of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation economies' for the Pacific Leaders' Declaration on Climate Change Action and a commitment for an agreement at United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21 summit) that will be held in Paris, from November 30 to December 11.

He was seeking an ambitious and legally binding agreement at the 2015 APEC Ministerial Meeting in Manila, Philippines.

Mr Raj said there was a need for scaling up of adequate, predictable and new and additional climate change financial resources with improved accessibility.

The secretariat also sought support from APEC countries to assist in strengthening Pacific regionalism.

Meanwhile, a delegation from Fiji is already in France. They will be joined by Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama who is in Brussels for the ACP/EU talks.

The number of Fijian representatives are yet to be confirmed however, the final delegation is expected to leave Fiji later this week.

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