Minister for Agriculture, Rural & Maritime Development, National Disaster Management and Meteorological Services and Fiji’s High-level Climate Champion, Inia Seruiratu received a courtesy visit from the Assistant Director-General, Climate Change and Other Determinants of Health for the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr Joy St John at the COP23 Secretariat in Suva.
Dr St John, who is from Barbados, was appointed to the post at the WHO in October last year.
With more than 20 years of experience in public health management and health diplomacy, Dr St John said climate change has had far-reaching effects on many aspects of human health in last few decades.
She stressed that Pacific Small Island Developing States were most vulnerable to climate change which meant people were being exposed to heatwaves and the increasing risk of infectious diseases, such as dengue fever.
Dr St John stated that she looked forward to working with Fiji and other Pacific Island countries in advancing efforts towards tackling climate change and health-related issues.
She acknowledged Fiji’s success at the 23rd Session of the Conference of Parties in Paris last year.