Minister Inia Seruiratu
Inia Seruiratu has been the Fijian Minister for Agriculture and the Minister for Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management since 2014. Prior to this he held ministerial appointments for fisheries, forestry and provincial development. For over 10 years, Mr Seruiratu has served as chairperson, director, and member for various national and international boards and bodies, in both the private and public sector. This has provided him with in-depth insights into the dynamics of engaging with an array of actors and has exposed him to the intricacies of local and international policy development issues, including climate change, in different sectors but more especially in food security, agriculture, disaster risk reduction, rural development, fisheries and forestry. Mr Seruiratu is a strong advocate for strengthening the resilience of local communities against the impacts of natural disasters and climate change, having experienced first-hand the impacts of sea-level rise and costal erosion in his own village.
Special Envoy Tomasz Chruszczow
Tomasz Chruszczow is the Special Envoy for Climate Change from the Ministry of Environment in Poland. He was previously the Chair of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation and the Head of the Polish delegation to the international climate change negotiations. In 2011, during the Polish Presidency of the EU Council, Mr. Chruszczow served as the President of the Working Party for International Environmental Issues and Chair of the EU delegation to the climate negotiations.