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Concerns on climate change: Koya

December 3, 2016 7:02 pm

The African, Caribbean and Pacific must place climate change at the heart of their planning for the future.

Addressing the 104th ACP Council of Ministers Meeting in Brussels this week, Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism, Faiyaz Koya told a gathering of ministers that all future development strategies must urgently focus on the permanent and lasting impacts of climate change.

Minister Koya was expressing concern at the lack of clear reference to climate change in the three priority pillars of the ACP’s post-2020 work plan.

Koya said the Group had contributed much to situating climate change as a priority area, and this needed to be reaffirmed and strongly supported in discussions and agreed on strategies going forward.

He assured the ACP Council of Ministers of Fiji’s support and commitment towards to the ACP Group.

He also urged on the ACP Group to tackle climate change related issues in the post-2020 work agenda.