Fiji calls for commitment in reducing emissions, safeguarding oceans

From left: Meli Raicebe (Ministry of Fisheries), Minister for Fisheries Semi Koroilavesau and Vueti May (Ministry of Foreign Affairs). Picture: SUPPLIED

TWENTY- one Archipelagic Island States (AIS) met in Manado, Indonesia this week for the First Ministerial Meeting of AIS with the aim of addressing common development challenges that inhibit their ability to live and grow prosperously and sustainable.

While speaking at the event, Fiji’s Minister for Fisheries Semi Koroilavesau called on AIS member states to remain committed in adopting innovative strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adopt new, innovative solutions to safeguard the ocean resources.

“As President of COP 23, Fiji took the role to represent all our vulnerable communities including members of the AIS Forum to call on the global community to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” Mr Koroilavesau said.

“We must all do more than our fair share if we are to avert climate devastation for our planet. Fiji speaks for every Fijian and AIS member countries, and for the billions of climate-vulnerable people globally when we say: ‘we are not doing enough, we can and we must do more.”

He added Fiji hoped that could leave here educated and appreciative of what they could gain and offer as AIS members.

“It is our hope that we leave enlightened to enable us to build our resilience over the deteriorating health of the ocean, including the significant adverse impacts of climate change,” he said.

The meeting concluded on yesterday with the adoption of the historic Manado Joint Declaration on the Establishment of the Archipelagic and Island States Forum which was negotiated in the three Senior Official Meetings in Indonesia this year.

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