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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.
12/1/2018
Fiji as of July 2018 has recorded a cumulative statistics of 919 cases, with more than 80 cases diagnosed per year since 2015. This increase is a result of the decentralized services that Fiji initiated in 2015, where all sub-divisional hospitals starting confirming their own cases rather than sending it to one central point in Suva.
12/1/2018
We’ve recovered production since the historic low tonnage following Cyclone Winston in 2016, and are on track to produce around 1.7 million tonnes of cane in the 2018 season. And that figure has been achieved despite the impact of tropical cyclones Josie and Keni, which struck our nation in back-to-back succession earlier this year. Our rising production has been led by our mill in Lautoka, which has increased its operational efficiency to 97 per cent and is now crushing an average of around 26,000 tonnes of cane a week, with a new record-high of 40,000 tonnes crushed in the span of a single week this year.  
11/30/2018
In a world in which many forces are trying to undermine our ability to work together, the Talanoa Dialogue may be the greatest legacy of Fiji’s COP presidency, as the first Small Island Developing State to preside over the UN negotiations. Already hundreds of sessions like this have been held all over the world. And the wonderful thing is that these are not merely talkfests but genuine exchanges of ideas that are leading to more ambition and more action.


11/26/2018
I see familiar faces among you, and I see new faces as well. I see tried and tested debaters, and I see passionate politicians. I can envision the ideas, laws and policies yet undeliberated. And I am deeply proud to see more women represented in this August House as well. But most importantly, when I look out on this Honourable gathering, I see Fiji and I see the Fijian people; because that is whom all of you represent.  
11/24/2018
Ladies and Gentlemen, with our economy projected to remain on such stable path of growth, it’s safe to say we’re walking the talk when it comes to sustainable development – a topic I spoke on at length during last year’s awards ceremony.  
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