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12/13/2018
The exchange of ideas and best practices that has taken place must now be translated into concrete action as you review your nationally determined contributions. And I appeal to you all to return to your capitals with this Talanoa Call to Action and demonstrate the political will that is necessary to move this process resolutely forward by 2020.
12/13/2018
Nothing is more important to us as climate-vulnerable nations than to have the means to adequately adapt to the frightening new era that is upon us - the extreme weather events, rising seas and changes to agriculture caused by climate change.


12/13/2018
Friends, I have made the point before as COP23 President that whatever we do moving forward, our infrastructure of the future will have to be both resilient to climate change and clean – whether it is new energy and transport systems, efficient buildings or communications networks that assist the digital revolution. We are not moving forward into a better future if we build in more pollution and climate risk.
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.
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