The Climate Change Bill has been passed by parliament this afternoon, marking a historic milestone in Fiji’s global fight.
It is a comprehensive piece of legislation setting Fiji’s long term framework for mitigating the effects of climate change.
It also mandates all government ministries action plans and national policies to be mindful of climate change, sets up clean energy requirements and introduces carbon trading.
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama while supporting the Bill highlighted that denying climate change will not achieve any good for the people of Fiji.
“Whether we accept it or not, it will fundamentally change Fiji, how is up to us. Either we will be destroyed by stronger storms and swallowed by the rising seas, or we will change ourselves to be more resilient.”
Minister for Climate Change Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum pointed out the Climate Change Bill presents new opportunities for landowners to enter into the carbon trading market as a source of revenue.
The Bill has been described as a blueprint for a carbon neutral and climate resilient Fiji.
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Fiji’s Bula Boxing Promotion is hosting its first Boxing event in Nadi
Fiji’s Bula Boxing Promotion is hosting its first Boxing event in Nadi on 9th July at Prince Charles Park.
Light weight championship between Nathan Singh and Ronald Naidu is dubbed as Fiji’s fight of the year .
Boxing promoter Mr Alan Andrews told Radio Apna Nz sports that the whole nation wants to witness the main bout between Nathan Singh and Ronald Naidu.
According to Mr Andrew’s boxing fans in Fiji are awaiting for the big night as lots of fireworks is expected from both boxers from starting round.
Early warning has been given from both camps as Singh and Naidu are expected to give their best shots from opening minute.
A bumper turnout is expected in Jetset Town Nadi as bus loads of people are believed to be coming from all around Fiji to witness the fight of the year as both boxers have also promised to give a thriller which will be well remembered in Fijis boxing history.
Fiji: Registration of Sex Offenders Bill passed
The Registration of the Sex Offenders Bill was unanimously passed in parliament this afternoon.
The Bill was debated extensively in the house however all Members of Parliament voted in favour of the Bill by acclamation.
The Act now requires the establishment of a register containing information on sex offenders to enable specific agencies to monitor sex offenders and to assist in reducing the risk posed by these individuals.
Attorney-General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says the objective is to ensure the safety of children.
“We have to take proactive steps. It’s also about having a registry process giving people access to that information to make sure they do not re-offend or put them in an environment where they may get attempted to offend. It is also about addressing it through community awareness, family value, all those combined, it is a holistic approach to try and address the issue of the rise in sexual offences.”
While the Opposition had some reservations about certain clauses they agreed that the law will address the issue of sexual offences against children.
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