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Ladies and Gentlemen, I believe that this the new era not only for Beef and Dairy but for Fiji’s livestock industry. That is why we are gathered here today to celebrate this success, raise awareness, share information on the changing landscape for livestock and identify further opportunities available for Fiji’s cattle industry.
Ladies and gentlemen, I believe that the University of the South Pacific has done extremely well in the past 50 years. It has taught more than 60 thousand persons from within the Pacific region and beyond. These personnel are now proud achievers and members of the USP alumni. Many of our Pacific leaders and Senior executives of Governments and private corporate entities studied at the USP and contributed immensely to the socio-political and economical development of their respective countries. Many more, who we can consider as unsung heroes, also studied at USP and were very involved and most effective in improving the education agenda and programmes of their communities and overall national developments. 
I’m also proud, and I know you all are too, that our Pacific Talanoa concept of inclusive decision-making has captured the imagination of the world. And more importantly that it has led to the Talanoa Call for Action – a call from the Polish and Fijian presidencies for greater action in pursuit of the goals of the Paris Agreement. 
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.
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.

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.
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.

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.  
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.
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.
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