Office of the Prime Minister Assistant Minister Hon Sakiusa Tubuna met with officers from the Fiji National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) on the fringes of the 2nd Pacific Ministerial Dialogue on Pathways for the Global Just Transition Away from Fossil Fuels.
The five officials from the National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) are part of a team that includes 38 Republic of the Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) personnel, a 12-member Fiji Emergency Medical Assistance team (FEMAT) who are on the ground to assist with the country’s disaster response efforts.
“Regional solidarity starts with helping out our neighbours and assisting them in their time of need. I had the opportunity today to talk to Fijian staff from our NDMO office back home and UN staff from Suva who are based at the Vanuatu NDMO Operations Centre where they are assisting with data collation that informs targeted response to the worst affected areas,” Hon Tubuna said.
The visit to the Vanuatu NDMO Office was part of an excursion trip for Ministers and officials attending the dialogue on a Global Just Transition away from fossil fuels in the region.
The dialogue is in hopes to call for an urgent need to phase out fossil fuels to limit global climate impacts, particularly in the Pacific region.
The Coalition Government is determined to work on reducing our dependence on fossil fuel energy replacing it with more renewable energy initiatives.
“Fiji has numerous policy tools both nationally and internationally that encourage reducing the use of fossil fuels and transiting to clean energy sources. Fiji has ratified the Paris Agreement in COP21 and submitted its first Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) in 2015 committing to reduce green-house gas emissions (GHG) from the energy sector by 30% by 2030 based on a business-as-usual scenario.”
Meanwhile, Fiji’s support to Vanuatu is being complemented by the New Zealand government and Fiji Water.