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PM seeks Thai support for building climate resilience

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has sought the support of the Thai Government in building climate resilience for vulnerable small island developing states. The request was conveyed by the Prime Minister during talks in Thailand with the Deputy Prime Minister, General Thanasak Patimapragorn. Bainimarama thanked Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister  Patimapragon for their support to Fiji in […]

DEPTFO

May 18, 2016 8:15 am

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has sought the support of the Thai Government in building climate resilience for vulnerable small island developing states.

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Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama with the Deputy Prime Minister, General Thanasak Patimapragorn in Bangkok, Thailand. (DEPTFO)

The request was conveyed by the Prime Minister during talks in Thailand with the Deputy Prime Minister, General Thanasak Patimapragorn.

Bainimarama thanked Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister  Patimapragon for their support to Fiji in the aftermath of Cyclone Winston and reviewed Fiji’s efforts to rebuild and recover from the cyclone.

BAINIMARAMA: “We’ve made progress in Fiji meeting the immediate needs of Fijians affected by Cyclone Winston and we are now turning our focus to the larger task of rebuilding our nation. The damage is widespread and severe and there are still many ways our international friends, including Thailand, can help Fiji get back on its feet.”

Bainimarama emphasized the need for a mechanism that would allow countries like Fiji to access climate finance in order to build back better and stronger than before.

BAINIMARAMA: “As it stands, climate change poses an unacceptable level of risk to the well-being of citizens of Fiji and other vulnerable countries. I hope that the Thai Government can promote this message and facilitate access to climate finance so we can further build our resilience to climate change.”

Prime Minister Bainimarama is currently in Thailand to attend the 72nd session of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and hand-over his chairmanship of the 71st Commission.

The meeting is covering regional cooperation and integration and reviewing key challenges to achieving inclusive and sustainable economic and social development.

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