Fiji and UK Strengthen De­vel­op­ment Col­lab­o­ra­tion

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The of­fi­cial visit by the United King­dom’s For­eign and Com­mon­wealth Of­fice’s (FCO) new Min­is­ter of State for Asia and the Pa­cific, Heather Wheeler this week, has been a mile­stone achievemen­t. It has strength­ened the co-op­er­a­tion be­tween Fiji and the United King­dom.

Ms Wheeler’s first visit to Fiji has been a plat­form to en­hance Fiji-UK co-op­er­a­tion in ad­dress­ing im­por­tant global is­sues like cli­mate change. Dur­ing the visit to the Univer­sity of the South Pa­cific on Tues­day this week, Min­is­ter Wheeler em­pha­sised on the im­por­tance of such part­ner­ships in tack­ling cli­mate change.

The visit to USP is rel­e­vant to UK’s Com­mon­wealth Marine Economies Pro­gramme, which aims to pro­duce safe and sus­tain­able marine economies by driv­ing eco­nomic growth, sup­port­ing food se­cu­rity, re­duc­ing poverty, build­ing re­silience against cli­mate change and protecting the marine en­vi­ron­ment and re­sources.

“Thanks to this part­ner­ship, ocean acid­i­fi­ca­tion sen­sors are now mea­sur­ing the im­pacts of cli­mate change in Fiji’s wa­ters. The data these sen­sors col­lect will be in­valu­able in in­form­ing Fiji’s plan­ning and re­sponse.

“I want to con­grat­u­late the univer­sity on at­tract­ing fund­ing through the One Ocean Hub and I look for­ward to see­ing the re­sults of this re­search. The UK is proud to be a leader in marine pol­icy and science, and to be work­ing with the Univer­sity of the South Pa­cific in these im­por­tant ar­eas.

“By work­ing to­gether, and pool­ing our knowl­edge, in­ge­nu­ity and re­sources, we can meet the chal­lenges of cli­mate change and en­sure a sus­tain­able, pros­per­ous and se­cure fu­ture for us all.”

Ms Wheeler reaf­firmed UK’s com­mit­ment to deepen col­lab­o­ra­tion with Fiji in the ar­eas of sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment goals. Min­is­ter Wheeler also met with the fam­i­lies of the Fi­jian men and women who have served in the British Armed Forces and con­veyed her ap­pre­ci­a­tion and heart­felt thanks to the Fi­jian troops for their ded­i­ca­tion to peace­keep­ing.

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