27 Mar 2017

Fiji's Minister says oceans conference will be 'game-changer'

From , 6:02 am on 27 March 2017

Fiji says it's crucial that members of the United Nations reach a consensus at this year's Ocean Conference, saying it could be a game-changer for the future of the Pacific.

Sweden and Fiji are co-hosting the conference in June at the UN's Headquarters in New York, where countries will discuss a range of issues facing the world's oceans, including overfishing, climate change and pollution.

Fiji has just held a regional meeting in Suva to prepare, which was attended by small island Pacific states, as well as New Zealand and Australia.  

Fiji's Fisheries Minister, Semi Koroilavesau, told Amelia Langford that preparation is going well and he's feeling hopeful despite the challenges ahead.

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