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Youth rep at meet

Sherita Sharma
Thursday, December 06, 2012

THE YOUTH of Fiji are being represented by Project Survival Pacific's (PSP) Youth Climate ambassador Devika Raj to the 18th Session of the Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP18), being held in Doha, Qatar from November 23 to December 7.

She is one of PSP's most active climate leaders and is part of a youth leadership training program, Train-A-Climate Ambassador Program, which works in the area of international climate change negotiations and international affairs.

"I believe climate change is about more than environmental effects; it is a threat to human rights, particularly for us in the Pacific who contribute little to global emissions, yet are feeling its consequences first and hardest," Ms Raj said.

She said her fight was against human-induced climate change.

"My main goal is to raise awareness and push the negotiators towards an agreement that ensures a more sustainable future for us young people."

She said she felt there was a big gap that needed to be filled and that this could be done through positive approaches.

PSP says more committment than last year's COP17 negotiations in Durban needs to be seen in Doha and some constructive approaches as to implementing a new treaty in 2020 which will be formulated by 2015.