Media 30 Jul 2018
Resilience involves responsible reduction of greenhouse gas emissions to at least net zero levels. It requires we urgently boost the ability of businesses and communities to withstand climate change impacts. This was highlighted by the Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum during his opening speech at the Global Employers Climate Action Forum organised by the Fiji Commerce and Employers Federation held at the Holiday Inn, Suva on Wednesday 25 July.
Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said the government's job was not only to guide sustainable development but also to foster the environment to allow the private sectors to be innovative, improve efficiency and create sustainable employment for our people.
"That potential in the private sector can be a powerful catalyst in boosting the resilience of our economies. Here in Fiji, we're harassing that potential, leading by example at the government level with responsible, climate-sensitive strategies, and introducing new policies that incentivise green investment in our economy," Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.
He said through public-private partnership they were able to deliver affordable clean energy to communities in Fiji through the Fiji Rural Electrification Fund.
"We've actually established a charitable trust, with initial seed funding from the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, to build mini-solar grids in Fijian communities currently reliant on polluting diesel fuels," he said.
"The aim being to make these communities self-sufficient clean energy producers, bringing the enormous benefits of reliable solar power to Fijians in more remote parts of the country."
He said no matter what we did in our homes our fate will be determined by the collective efforts taken by nations around the globe.
"We cannot stress enough how important your open and constructive input is to our domestic agendas, and to our larger campaign on the global stage," he said.
"We are all very much a part of our process of Talanoa Dialogue, our Pacific approach to identify solutions, innovations, approaches and strategies that drive countries to maximise their climate ambition."