Climate change battle

THE European Union says it feels “very much alone” in the battle against climate change because there is no sufficient evidence in terms of pragmatic actions being taken by many.

This was communicated to ambassador Deo Saran by European Council President Donald Tusk last week as Mr Saran presented his credentials — signifying the full restoration of Fiji-EU bilateral relations.

While presenting his credentials, Mr Saran highlighted the successful conclusion of the recent Fiji-EU High Level Political Dialogue and said Fiji would work with the EU on the implementation of various aspects of the joint undertaking.

He said Fiji had been in the forefront and would be working closely with the EU in the lead up to the Paris summit.

Mr Saran noted the frequency of natural disasters faced by Fiji had increased in recent years and the country had to be proactive in addressing the adverse impact of disasters and taking actions for disaster risk management

Mr Tusk stressed that a lot had to be done in the lead up to the Paris summit and understood the challenges of climate change for Fiji and the Pacific Island states.