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Fiji joins call for focus on threats to climate change

July 31, 2015 11:47 pm

Fiji has joined other small island developing States in focusing on security threats posed by climate change at the United Nations Security Council.

The occasion was the Security Council’s debate on peace and security challenges facing the Small Island Developing States.

Delivering Fiji’s national statement, Foreign Minister, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola says to respond to the security threats, Small Island Developing States need “strategic investments in adaptation measures.

Kubuabola says the small island developing states believe it is for the SecurityCouncil and development partners, to bring greater international effort to ensuring there is human and institutional capacity to deal with this existing threat.

Fiji’s statement also gave attention to the threats to planetary biodiversity with special mention of oceans and seas.

It also addressed the vulnerability of Small Island developing States to transnational criminal activities including drug traders and human traffickers.

He says these activities are threats because many small island countries struggle to control sovereign boundaries in the face of organized transnational crime.

Kubuabola also called for greater assistance, cooperation and resources to be provided to control these illegal activities.

In the margins of the Security Council meeting, Kubuabola held bilateral meetings with the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, NZ Foreign Minister Murray McCully, Sweden’s Minister of International Development Cooperation Isabella Lovin and the Permanent Representative of the UK to the UN Matthew Rycroft.