Fiji’s top foreign policy agenda in 2017 includes climate change and its impacts on small island developing states, especially Pacific Islands, said an official, Xinhua reports.
Jone Usamate, the employment minister made the remarks when he delivered Fiji’s statement at the ESCAP 73rd Commission Session in Bangkok.
“We have been consistent with our message at this Regional Commission, in particular from Voreqe Bainimarama Prime Minister,” Usamate said.
He said the business as usual approach was no longer an option for the global community because it would continue to drastically affect the Pacific Islands.
“Accessing adaptation funds remains our primary concern because our carbon footprints are negligible. We need to adapt to the effects of climate change and unless mitigation efforts are scaled up, Fiji and the Pacific will continue to bear the brunt of climate change,” Usamate added.
He said among the priorities for Fiji were disaster risk reduction, oceans and seas, and access to clean and affordable energy.