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Fiji takes climate vulnerability to the attention of G7 nations

May 7, 2019 6:56 am
Leading Fiji’s delegation to this conference is Agriculture and Waterways Minister Dr. Mahendra Reddy [right] [Source: Fijian Government]

Fiji’s vulnerability to the impacts of climate change was presented to G7 Nations at a special environment conference.

Fiji was invited by France, the current president of the G7, to participate at the G7 Environment Ministers meeting this week because of its growing role in climate and environment advocacy and awareness activities on the international stage.

Leading Fiji’s delegation to this conference is Agriculture and Waterways Minister Dr. Mahendra Reddy.

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In his opening remarks, Reddy told G7 Environment Ministers that Fiji’s vulnerability to the impacts of climate change continue to affect the environment and in turn, ordinary Fijians.

He adds that as a direct result, ordinary Fijians were facing socioeconomic impacts which included relocating from their homes and communities.

Whilst Fiji is the only non G7 state from the Pacific region, this conference provided the Minister the opportunity to also bring to the attention of G7 nations the plight of the Pacific peoples.

During the two day conference, the Minister will deliver interventions on various aspects of the linkages between climate, environment, science and economic opportunities.

He is supported at this conference by Fiji’s non-resident Ambassador to France and based in Brussels, Deo Saran.

 

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