Young Stars Wow In­ter­na­tional Au­di­ence

Fiji Sun - - Cop23 Fiji - JY­OTI PRATIBHA Edited by Mohammed Zul­fikar Feed­back: jy­otip@fi­jisun.com.fj

The star of COP23 on Thurs­day was 10-year-old Shalvi Sak­shi, Year Five stu­dent of Nasarawaqa Pri­mary School in Bua.

She won hearts and com­men­da­tion dur­ing her first of­fi­cial COP23 event in Bonn. Ac­com­pa­nied by her fa­ther Suren­dra Raj, young Sak­shi ar­rived into Bonn on Wed­nes­day.

She is the North­ern Di­vi­sion win­ner and na­tional run­ner-up of the na­tional cli­mate change or­a­tory con­test.

She de­liv­ered an en­er­getic and power-packed speech at the Youth Power the Planet event for Cli­mate Ac­tion.

While she is the youngest Fi­jian del­e­ga­tion, she was also the youngest mem­ber of the panel and her re­torts and sharp to the point re­sponses had the au­di­ence cap­ti­vated.

Speak­ing to the Fiji Sun prior to her speech, a con­fi­dent Sak­shi gave a de­tailed ac­count of her travel to Bonn via Syd­ney, Sin­ga­pore and Zurich but as soon as she took the stage, the young cli­mate ac­tivist took over and wowed an in­ter­na­tional au­di­ence who had not known what to ex­pect.

Her proud fa­ther sat in the au­di­ence next to At­tor­ney-Gen­eral and head of the Fi­jian Del­e­ga­tion Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.

Prime Min­is­ter and COP23 Pres­i­dent Voreqe Bain­i­marama and his wife Mary Bain­i­marama also sat in to lis­ten to young Shak­shi speak. The sec­ond star of the event was 12-year-old Ti­moci Naulusala from Naivic­ula Dis­trict School in Tailevu.

He ad­dresses world lead­ers on Mon­day but his pres­ence has al­ready started mak­ing news in Ger­man me­dia.

Photo: Of­fice of the At­tor­ney-Gen­eral

Front from left, 10-year-old Shalvi Shak­shi, 12-year-old Ti­moci Naulusala; par­ents Suren­dra Raj and Rai­jieli Ti­nai pose with the head of Fi­jian del­e­ga­tion Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum (mid­dle) at the COP23 meet­ing in Bonn, Ger­many.

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