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Push for Pacific effort towards climate finance frameworks

Climate change adaptation is an issue for survival for Pacific Island countries and thus it needs to be mainstreamed into the national development planning of every Pacific nation. The call was made the Acting Prime Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum as he called for collective efforts among Pacific island countries towards improving access to climate finance frameworks. […]

Serelisoni Moceica

August 9, 2016 6:30 am

Climate change adaptation is an issue for survival for Pacific Island countries and thus it needs to be mainstreamed into the national development planning of every Pacific nation.

The Acting Prime Minister and Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum while speaking at the GCF workshop. (Fijian Government)
The Acting Prime Minister and Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum while speaking at the GCF workshop. (Fijian Government)

The call was made the Acting Prime Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum as he called for collective efforts among Pacific island countries towards improving access to climate finance frameworks.

At the Green Climate Fund’s (GCF) regional workshop held in Suva last week, Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said one climatic event could totally devastate our Pacific island economies due to our vulnerability.

SAYED-KHAIYUM: “In the Pacific, our development hinges upon our ability to adapt to climate change. Our climate adaptation efforts and our development need to become one and the same if we are to reduce that risk and sustain our economic growth and progress.”

He said collaborative efforts could boost our capacity to understand, secure and manage climate adaptation funding and also encouraged greater synergy between international development organisations in determining a country’s eligibility to receive climate finance assistance.

SAYED-KHAIYUM: “We in the Pacific are the most vulnerable to the ravages of climate change, and that needs to be a chief consideration of the international community in determining access to climate finance frameworks. Collectively, Pacific nations can secure bankable projects on a regional level and overcome the issue of economies of scale in accessing climate finance.”

Representatives from other the Pacific Island States, development partners, civil society and private sector attended the workshop.

The GCF serves as a mechanism to assist developing countries with climate adaptation and mitigation efforts.

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