Fiji, UNESCAP hold talks
Bainimarama discusses establishment of a climate change centre in Fiji with executive secretary Dr Akhtar.
Prime Minster Voreqe Bainimarama updated the executive secretary for the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), Dr Shamshad Akhtar, on the economic impact of Cyclone Winston and on Fiji’s recovery and rehabilitation efforts in the aftermath of the cyclone.
He also called for greater collaboration with UNESCAP in the areas of disaster risk reduction, building economic resilience and obtaining detailed data and statistics to measure the progress of climate adaptation measures. In their very warm and cordial discussions, the PM also reiterated the Fijian Government’s initiative on the establishment of a climate change centre in Fiji to provide practical training and capacity building for small and vulnerable states. He said Fiji looked forward to working together with UNESCAP towards the establishment of such a centre for which Fiji will provide resources.
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama (right) with Thai deputy Prime Minister, General Thanasak Patimapragorn.
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama with UNESCAP Executive Secretary, Dr Shamshad Akhtar.