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 Fiji/China Leadership in Geneva Aimed at creating a Sustainable Plastics Economy

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There is a growing consensus that international trade plays a central role across the life cycle of plastics.
Fiji in joining the global effort to reduce the use of single use and other forms of plastics, co-sponsored with China a discussion in the World Trade Organisation (WTO) on finding durable solutions to addressing plastic pollution.
This discussion attempts to coherently examine the role of trade and trade policies in supporting both domestic and international efforts in transitioning to more resource efficient and sustainable plastics economy.
This initiative by Fiji and China, is part of our ongoing efforts to protect our environment and oceans for sustainable development.
Co-chairing the meeting with the Ambassador of China, Ambassador Xiangchen Zhang, Ambassador Nazhat Shameem Khan, Fiji’s Permanent Representative to Fiji, said that for Fiji and the Pacific, plastics were a threat to the ocean, to fish, and to tourism, and that this was a chance for the global trading community and the WTO, to be on the right side of history.
She said that the WTO 12th Ministerial Conference, to be held in June this year in Kazakhstan, was an ideal opportunity to launch an initiative to save our environment from plastic pollution caused by environmentally unfriendly trade practices.
She said that the meeting was a result of the work of Dr Carolyn Birkbeck (pictured with Ambassador Khan) of the Graduate Institute of Geneva, the WTO, and China, and that she was very pleased that Fiji was leading the consultations with China.
A follow up meeting is planned for March, to coincide with the meeting of the WTO Committee on Trade and the Environment, with a planned event for the Ministerial Trade Conference in Kazakhstan in June.

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Several members of Public Accounts Committee of the Fijian Parliament visiting Wellington this week took advantage of a visit to the Wellington City Council’s Southern Landfill yesterday to glean a few ideas for waste management in Fiji. This included the Hon. Alexander O’Connor, Assistant Minister for Health, Ratu Suliano Matanitobua, Opposition parliamentarian and Ms. Priya Chand, Parliamentary Secretary who were accompanied by the Fiji High Commission New Zealand staff.

The Southern landfill is an impressive setup particularly as it focuses on recycling and minimising the damage to the environment at the landfill.


Other remarkable features of the landfill were its gas collection, electricity regeneration, green waste mulching and water table management. The Hon. O’Connor, an engineer by profession, was particularly impressed and intends to develop a few ideas for the Fijian Government to consider.


The PAC members were invited to attend the Pacific PAC training seminar in Wellington facilitated by UNDP from the 12th to the 13th December.

The PAC members, including Deputy Chair, Hon. Mohammed Dean, MP, were hosted to afternoon tea at the Fiji Chancery.  It was an opportunity for the Parliamentarians to meet the Locally Engaged Staff at the Mission and also update the staff on the work and concerns of the Public A


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