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Media summit

Shayal Devi
Tuesday, February 06, 2018

MEDIA personnel from countries across the Asia Pacific region have gathered in Nadi this week for a two-day summit based on climate change and disaster risk reduction.

Organised by the Asia Pacific Broadcasting Union, the summit allowed participants to deliberate on best practices in the field of climate change adaptation from coastal and island communities around the globe.

Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum opened the conference on behalf of Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama yesterday.

Speaking on behalf of Mr Bainimarama, Mr Sayed-Khaiyum noted the importance of the summit in terms of climate change adaptation and mitigation.

He said during the course of last year, Fiji was at the helm of this issue and the country's presidency of COP23 served as an opportunity to showcase the harsh reality the region faced.

"As my team and I preside over the global negotiations to reduce net carbon emissions to zero as soon as possible, you in the media have a critical role to play," he said.

"And I ask you all to focus your complete attention this week on what you can do — individually and collectively — to assist your own nations, our region and the world to confront this challenge head on.

"To tell the stories that needs to be told. To generate the action that needs to be taken.

"Friends, you have the power through the keyboard, the camera and the spoken word to make a genuine difference.

"To highlight the urgency of concerted action at every level to avert catastrophe but also to highlight the wonderful opportunities that lie ahead if we have the courage and imagination to fully embrace the transition to clean economies."

Yesterday, participants at the summit engaged in a number of discussions and sessions, including climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction in achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The summit ends today.

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