Government of the Republic of Fiji
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
A Better Fiji through Excellence in Foreign Service
29th June, 2012, Suva: Yesterday Thursday 28th June 2012 Mrs. Saipora Mataikabara Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation officially welcomed participants at the National Climate Change Policy Implementation Workshop which is meeting at the Holiday Inn, Suva, 28-29 June 2012.
In her speech the Permanent Secretary said:
“As you are aware, the National Climate Change Policy was endorsed by Cabinet in February this year and was launched on the 1st of March. The national policy provides a platform for coordination among all relevant sectors, and sets the direction on national positions and priorities regarding climate change mitigation and adaptation. It also recognizes the need for constructive cooperation and effective coordination among stakeholders in addressing the adverse impacts of climate change in a more holistic, pro-active and integrated manner.”
She observed that,
“Since the launching of the policy, we have found that the main challenge that we face is the coordination of all climate change related activities of all the Ministries and other stakeholders under the implementing framework of the policy. Even though the implementing framework is clear, we find that there is no mechanism in place to effectively coordinate the strategies and activities under the policy.”
The Permanent Secretary went on to state that,
“We hope that this workshop will discuss and finalise a structure or mechanism that will work for us in the effective implementation of the policy. Towards this end, I am happy to say that the consultations that we have had so far with stakeholders on this have been successful, and will contribute a lot towards your discussions in the next two days. In addition, we believe that it is also important that during the workshop, you also identify the gaps that exist in the implementation of the policy and come up with sound recommendations on how we should address them. During your group discussions, I would ask that you will explore the various innovative strategies that will assist us in advancing the policy.”
She concluded by stating,
“I must admit that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation cannot carry out its responsibilities in isolation. In view of this, the workshop is a tool that we hope will strengthen our collaboration with a view to achieving the objectives of the policy and our national development goals. On our part, the workshop presents an opportunity for us to hear your views on how we can provide better delivery on our climate change programs, projects and activities. As the coordinator of all climate change issues in Fiji, we look forward to your views and suggestions on ways we could enhance our work.”
The workshop ends today.
(Photo caption 1: Ps Mataikabara addressing the Workshop;caption 2: Participants at the Workshop)
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