Government of the Republic of Fiji
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
A Better Fiji through Excellence in Foreign Service
20th June, 2012: Small Island Developing States (SIDS) attending the RIO 20+talks in Brazil have expressed genuine concerns on the impacts of climate change. Pacific nations whose economies are also vulnerable to the growing impacts of climate change say that concrete decisions need to be made soon to address the issue. Fiji’s Ambassador to Brazil and delegate to the United Nations Rio+20 meeting in Brazil, Cama Tuiloma says new platforms need to be explored. “Like many island nations and UN Member States, Fiji has put in place innovative strategies to create conditions for sustainable development,” he said. Some measures Fiji has adopted includes dealing more aggressively with illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, targeting high seas fisheries closures, eliminating destructive fishing practices, establishing marine protected areas. “For these reasons, Fiji and the Pacific SIDS have strongly advocated that the Rio+20 conference direct greater political will towards the well-being of oceans and fisheries, and to strengthening of the nexus between oceans and sustainable development,” Ambassador Tuiloma said. Fiji and Pacific SIDS are of the view that the negotiations on the draft Rio+20 outcome document, including on the oceans section, have been intense and arduous. “We all know now that the formal process has not yielded the results we all worked hard for over the past year. Yet there is hope that under the sound guidance of the Brazilian Presidency on the new compilation text, the informal process we will engage in over the next few days will produce an outcome that leads us to ‘The Future We Want’,” he added. He added that if sustainable development is the core motivator and lies at the heart of Rio+20 actions, “then we can build a future that secures the livelihood of coming generations”.
(Editor’s Note: The above release is from Makereta Komai, Editor at Pac News and currently accompanying the Fijian Government delegation at the Rio20+ in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.)
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