SUVA, Oct. 6 (Xinhua) -- Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama stressed here on Tuesday the importance of global solidarity in fighting climate change.
According to a government statement on Tuesday night, while speaking at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) 71st Session of the Executive Committee Meeting held in Geneva on Tuesday, Bainimarama emphasized on the importance of global solidarity and commended UNHCR in pressing for a discussion of climate change as a new driving force for internal displacement.
"While countries like Fiji are working to adapt to the climate change, it is equally important that the UNHCR continue to ensure that the nexus of climate change and human mobility are at the heart of multilateral discussions. We must adopt a global approach to displacement challenges, even while we work regionally," he said.
As for the current regional and national efforts to address the devastating impacts of climate change faced by the region, Bainimarama said that the Pacific regional efforts are complemented by the UN Trust Fund for Human Security (UNTFHS), which has allocated seed funding for a project focused on enhancing protection and empowerment of migrants and communities affected by climate change and disasters in the Pacific Region.
Fiji has developed comprehensive national relocation and national displacement guidelines to ensure that there is consistency, coherence and justice as they serve people who are displaced by natural disasters or need to be relocated due to sea-level rise, he said.
Fiji is also embracing the use of the latest science and technology to build its capability to forecast the effects of climate change. Enditem