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Better co-operation needed to build resilience, says A-G

Shayal Devi
Wednesday, February 07, 2018

THERE needs to be better co-operation between nations and development partners towards building resilience.

This was the message relayed by Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum to participants of the fourth Asia Pacific Broadcasting Union Media Summit on climate change and disaster risk reduction in Nadi on Monday.

Speaking on behalf of the Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama, he said Fiji would mark the second anniversary of the deaths of the 44 loved ones during Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston on February 20.

"Two years on, we still mourn the loss of our people and we are still in the process of recovering," he said.

"(We are) still rebuilding our schools and other public infrastructure. Only this time, we're determined to build them to a much higher standard to withstand the more frequent and more destructive cyclones that we know are coming because of climate change.

"Much of the rebuilding has been completed and it has required a great deal of planning, perseverance and patience, but our young people, who've waited so patiently for their new classrooms, know that we just couldn't do what we used to do — a quick-fix that doesn't meet proper building standards and will only blow away in the next cyclone."

He said to reject the quick-fix methods; they had to rethink the way things were done.

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