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12/12/2018
Access to adaptation finance is a critical priority for climate vulnerable nations everywhere. And I want to again add Fiji’s voice to the call to urgently scale up that access and give this issue a greater focus. While the fund has been successful in harnessing innovative means to mobilise climate finance and has successfully undertaken a range of projects in vulnerable countries such as Fiji, I think we can all agree that we need to summon the political will to do a lot more than we have, given the escalating nature of the climate threat.


12/11/2018
Loss and damage has been a critical pillar of the UNFCCC negotiations, particularly for all countries that are recognised by the Convention, as vulnerable to the “adverse impacts” climate change. Such recognition of our vulnerabilities is reaffirmed in Article 2(1)(a) of the Paris Agreement on the adoption of the Long Term Temperature Goal (LTTG) of holding the increase in the global average of temperature well below 2 degrees Celsius and pursuing efforts to limit it to 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels. These efforts or our collective ambition is to significantly reduce the risks and impacts of Climate change and in turn effectively reduce loss and damage.  
12/9/2018
We have seen see impressive strides already been made in private sector climate financing amongst the investment, finance and banking sectors. Innovative financing approaches are now being widely established and all involve the Private sector. This reinforces the need for Public and private Sector funding in order to achieve our goal of reaching net-zero emissions by this mid-century.
12/7/2018
As the premiere gathering of both legal practitioners the legally-curious in Fiji, this event serves as a meeting of the minds –– minds that belong to some of our region’s most forward-thinking and influential experts in law, society, and business. Year after year, this Conference has existed on the cutting-edge of change and development and has given us a glimpse into what is to come –– a preview of the Fiji of tomorrow.
12/6/2018
Government is seriously looking at leveraging agricultural growth and production, widening, deepening, diversifying, and modernizing it. Our quest to do this is for a number of reasons. As alluded to earlier, it has an amazing ability to improve livelihood for all those engaged in it, farmers, laborers and others who will be inked to it via the factor market.

12/5/2018
Yesterday, when strolling past the pavilions, I was impressed by the hive of activities already taking place. The energy in the pavilions reflect eagerness to share information and to discuss new innovations - all with the clear message on the need to take urgent climate action.

12/4/2018
The Koronivia Workplan aims to identify, develop and implement effective strategies for climate adaptation and mitigation within the agricultural sector to achieve overall resilience against the impacts of climate change. This Koronivia Pavilion will showcase many innovative climate smart technologies and approaches in the agriculture sector and these innovations can will help strengthen the Koronivia Workplan and contribute to its implementation.
12/4/2018
it is important to understand the gender dimensions of fisheries as women make enormous contributions to fisheries and aquaculture supply chains that are almost unrecognized; and for anyone that is invisible, their interests, their needs, their opportunities are not addressed. We can no longer afford to let our women fishers remain invisible and I am extremely happy that organizations like the Women in Fisheries Network-Fiji are taking great strides in making the women fishers visible in our nation and it is with keenness, that I render the support of my Ministry to further develop this area of work.  
12/4/2018
Fiji’s commitment to climate action is total and absolute. It is at the core of our national policies and our medium and long-term development plans. And it involves mitigation and adaptation initiatives across a broad front.
12/4/2018
As outgoing COP President, I again appeal to my fellow leaders to heed the science and summon the political will to tackle this crisis head on. The choice before us all has never been so stark. Act now with courage and resolve and we just have time to protect our climate and our way of life. Or, God forbid, ignore the irrefutable evidence and become the generation that betrayed humanity and our responsibility to future generations.
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