News 27 Jul 2018
The devastating and increasing impact of cyclones, rising sea levels and other climate-related events ensured global attention was on Fiji as it hosted the Global Employers Climate Action Forum in Suva on July 25-26.
Organised by the Fiji Commerce and Employers Federation (FCEF), Fiji’s Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said the eyes of the world were on the Pacific for the Forum and that “government, businesses and citizens are looking to us; because we, our people and our economies are on the frontlines of climate change”.
FCEF chief executive Nesbitt Hazelman said the forum focused “on how we can achieve net zero carbon emissions and build resilience”.
“We can only achieve this if there is a solid foundation and partnership between the Government, us in the private sector, the development partners, civil society organisation, and the communities.”
He also said the outcomes of the Forum paved the pathway for the private sector to accelerate climate action in addition to achieving the targets set for the 2030 agenda for sustainable development.
The FCEF was handed the Presidency of the Marrakech Business Action for Climate (MBA 4 Climate) during COP23 in Germany in 2017. COP refers to the 23rd annual Conference of the Parties to the 1992 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
MBA 4 Climate is a network of Global Employers’ Associations committed to accelerating climate action for the implementation of the Paris Agreement.
The network aims to create synergy and permanent exchanges between the private sectors, with the objective of commitments to partner with governments and others in the implementation of the Paris Agreement. It also aims to promote the emergence of a new low-carbon economy that combats climate change while creating new jobs and advancing shared economic prosperity.
Participants from international and regional organisations shared their experiences and lessons learned during their active commitment in accelerating climate action, to support the Paris Agreement and the operationalisation of the “Fiji Declaration”.
The theme of the Global Employers Forum was “Fiji Declaration: Resilient Businesses and Communities” and was deliberated under three topics: