USP acknowledges UK for support on Pacific Maritime challenges
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Her Excellency Melanie Hopkins, British High Commissioner to Fiji (middle) with invited guests at Her official residence in Suva following the morning tea.
The University of the South Pacific (USP) is pleased with the support of the United Kingdom Government on the Pacific’s maritime challenges.
Positive sentiments were expressed by Professor Derrick Armstrong, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research & International, at a morning tea hosted by the British High Commissioner, Her Excellency Melanie Hopkins at her residence in Suva, on 28 September 2018.
Speaking at the event, H.E Hopkins stated that the invite was to mark the UK Government’s funding of $27, 946 to USP and the Government of the Republic of Marshall Island’s (RMI) joint initiative, the Micronesian Centre for Sustainable Transport (MCST).
The funding will go towards the delivery of technical support for Pacific Island IMO delegations to assist with preparations for the next round of negotiations later this month.
“Our partners in the Pacific can count on the UK when it comes to climate change, whether we are collaborating on IMO negotiations through the UNFCCC processes and the High Ambition Coalition or regional for a such as the Pacific Islands Forum,” H.E Hopkins said.
“The UK is delighted to be partnering with USP in this area and particularly in its 50th anniversary,” she added.
Professor Armstrong acknowledged the contribution from the UK Government saying that since shipping is one of the major contributors of carbon emissions, the IMO negotiations play a crucial role in combating climate change.
“Through the support of the UK Government, it allows us in the Pacific to have a voice in the negotiations and also push for action,” he stated.
Apart from USP, invited guests also included the RMI Embassy, Solomon Islands High Commission and the Republic of Fiji Islands Ministry of Infrastructure.
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