Vulnerable Fiji on frontline off climate crisis – PM Rabuka

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Secretary-General António Guterres (right) meets with Sitiveni Ligamamada Rabuka, Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Climate Change and Environment, Civil Service, Information and Public Enterprise of the Republic of Fiji. Picture: FIJI GOVT

Fiji, as a vulnerable nation, finds itself on the frontline of the climate crisis, grappling with its devastating effects.

These were the remarks of Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka in his address at the Thematic Session 2 of the UN General Assembly Climate Ambition Summit, titled ‘Delivering Climate Justice: Accelerating Ambition and Implementation on Adaptation and Early Warning for All’.

In a stirring call to action, Mr Rabuka said rising global temperatures had resulted in erratic weather patterns, making food security and economic stability precarious for Fiji’s farmers.

He noted the dire situation in the country and stressed the urgency to act.

“Recognising the urgency of the situation, Fiji has been actively pursuing adaptive practices, including the cultivation of climate-resilient crops like giant swamp taro (dalo ni tana),” Mr Rabuka said.

He emphasised the importance of informed decision-making, citing sector-specific vulnerability assessments for agriculture, water resources, coastal management, and infrastructure.

He also noted the vital role of climate finance while recognising access as a key challenge.

Mr Rabuka called on global leaders not only to reduce emissions but also to support vulnerable communities and foster climate resilience.

“Let us leave this Summit with renewed purpose and dedication to action, envisioning a world where future generations can thrive amidst the wonders of our planet,” he said.

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