Government of the Republic of Fiji
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
A Better Fiji through Excellence in Foreign Service
5th March, 2012: The launch of the Fiji National Climate Change Policy signifies Fiji’s strong commitment to addressing the adverse effects of climate change.
These were the sentiments of the Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Ratu Inoke Kubuabola who challenged those involved in the field of mitigating and raising awareness to not just “read the policy and leave it on the bookshelf”.
“It (climate change policy) must be read and practiced—and arouse a sense of shared ownership by all relevant stakeholders as this has bearing on the very future of this nation and our region,” he advised the participants at the launch in Holiday Inn yesterday.
The Ministry now has a Climate Change Unit and the launch yesterday was their first major step nationally on having a concrete framework to handle climatic issues.
Ratu Inoke said that the policy was aligned “to the present government reforms that involves the updating of existing legislation and policies, and the development of new ones in line with Government’s priorities and goals”.
Ministry Permanent Secretary Mrs Saipora Mataikabara said the impact of climate change was already being felt in the small island nations and that its impact on the socio and economic well-being cannot be overemphasised.
“We are experiencing sea level rise, and the other natural catastrophes that are caused by this phenomenon. It even affects our traditional knowledge and our very identity as island people,” she said.
Mrs Mataikabara said the policy was the start to a new journey in setting the right platform to address matters concerning climate change.
“And we must remain steadfast in our commitment to work collaboratively with all stakeholders in the implementation of the policy,” she said.
Ratu Inoke said the policy contained the implementation framework and urge for all stakeholders to foster partnerships that allows a successful implementation.
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