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AG: Paris agreement was signed to raise awareness

The Attorney General and Minister for Finance Hon. Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said Fiji signing the Paris agreement earlier this year is to raise the reality awareness on global warming and climate change. Hon. Sayed-Khaiyum revealed this while responding to Opposition MP Hon. Mosese Bulitavu’s oral question. BULITAVU: “Can the Minister explain what benefits will Fiji get after […]

Nacanieli Tuilevuka

May 31, 2016 11:07 am

The Attorney General and Minister for Finance Hon. Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said Fiji signing the Paris agreement earlier this year is to raise the reality awareness on global warming and climate change.

The Attorney General and Minister for Finance Hon. Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum and Opposition MP Hon. Mosese Bulitavu outside Parliament. (Peni Shute/Newswire)
The Attorney General and Minister of Finance Hon. Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum and Opposition MP Hon. Mosese Bulitavu outside Parliament. (Peni Shute/Newswire)

Hon. Sayed-Khaiyum revealed this while responding to Opposition MP Hon. Mosese Bulitavu’s oral question.

BULITAVU: “Can the Minister explain what benefits will Fiji get after signing the Paris Agreement?”

The AG said the Paris agreement help develop countries like Fiji to fight climate change.

SAYED-KHAIYUM: “Climate change and global warming issue is one of the greater issues affecting whole humanity today.  Paris Agreement helps us put issues such as climate change in the global arena. Paris agreement ladies and gentlemen has been ratified by number of countries in the world, almost all of them. This is because they have recognised global warming is not an indeed theory but it’s actually a reality.”

“The Paris Agreement in terms of its effect helps us to bring in awarness of climate change and global warming and other countries helps us by reducing the green house submissions and this is a positive impact for us. Madam Speaker, infact Fiji has a small contribution of contribution to carbon dioxide and that is 0.004%.”

Hon. Sayed-Khaiyum said Fiji like other countries is at the forefront of climate change.

SAYED-KHAIYUM: “We already have relocated three villagers and 62 villagers have been identified in the next few years will need to be relocated. The climate change does not involve of the relocation of this villagers Madam Speaker but also we can provide for them in their sustainable livelihood.”

The AG said the positive agreement of the Paris Agreement is that a fund set up which will benefit the country.

SAYED-KHAIYUM: “And there is also fund that has been set up for this Madam Speaker as you may know the Green Climate Fund infact Madam Speaker which you may Fiji has also benefited from…the Water Authority of Fiji has a five plan for the implementation of water reticulating sysytems in particular the Nausori-Suva corridor.”

“And it is in access of about $250million project for five years, and figure this proposal to the Green Climate Fund and they are committed through the ADB a grant of about $32million that is a grant and not a loan and it is going to be implemented towards the water reticulating system for the greater Suva-Nausori area.”

The AG said that Fiji has also made a commitment to reduce its carbon emissions by thirty percent by 2030.

Opposition MP Hon. Salote Radrodro asked how will the Paris Agreement have a positive impact on Fiji  and how much has developed countries contributed to Fiji in terms of adaptation activities to address the impacts of climate change.

In response, the AG said the Paris agreement specifically states the agreement and obligations and duties of the various parties to the particular agreement.

Opposition MP Hon. Samuela Vunivalu asked how can Fiji access the Climate change funding.

In response, the AG said the Fiji Development Bank has been set up as the financial institution to access the funds.

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