Pacific regional leaders attending the two-day conference on Climate Action Pacific Partnership Conference at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva were accorded traditional ceremonies of welcome last night.
Prime Minister and COP23 President Voreqe Bainimarama greeted the delegates ahead of the two-day meeting.
Government officials and members of the diplomatic corps also attended the traditional welcoming ceremonies.
The leaders were also hosted to a welcoming dinner.
Meanwhile, the Global Employers Climate Action Forum officially came to a close in Suva yesterday afternoon.
Speaking at the event, the Minister for Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Development, National Disaster Management and Meteorological Services Inia Seruiratu, said that the forum was an important step to establishing the Pacific network.
“And I hope that when the presidency of the network shifts North, engagement and collaboration here in the Pacific will continue and strengthen,” Mr Seruiratu said.
Fiji’s High-level Champion for Global Climate Action said that meeting the commitments Fiji made to the world in Paris required more ambitious and effective climate action by all stakeholders, including sub-national governments, companies and civil society group around the globe.
“We need to step up engagement with non-party actors to promote climate-compatible investment decisions to encourage innovation and development and to harness their skills and knowledge,” he said.
[Source: Fiji Sun Online]