Fiji, Ethiopia keen to boost cooperation on climate change and health

Dr. Tedros Adhanom, Special Advisor to Prime Minister Hailemariam, who was on a two-day visit this week to Fiji said that Ethiopia and Fiji cognizant of the challenge that  climate change poses to their shared future ought to firm up cooperation in fighting the challenges and risks of climate change.

Dr. Tedros while meeting with Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama noted that "We are really glad that Fiji will be presiding over Conference of the Parties (COP 23) this year. It is very important because Fiji is already confronting climate change and understands the challenges of climate change." Dr. Tedros added that  "Someone who understands the challenges would be in a position to confront the issue more aggressively so Fiji's presidency, we believe," would give way for more understanding of the severity of the problem.

Dr. Tedros noted that his visit aimed at seeking the Fijian Government's support in his bid for the director-general position at the World Health Organization (WHO), adding that the five priorities ranging from  women, children and adolescents to  the health impacts of climate and environmental change and health security in his vision for WHO are also well accepted in Fiji.  Prime Minister Bainimarama on his part said Fiji appreciated the important role played by Ethiopia in regional and international levels.