The United States government supports various training and climate change-related programmes with the ultimate goal of building resilient communities in the Pacific.
Through its Embassy in Fiji, it has funded several relief efforts including the distribution of aid through the Fiji Red Cross Society in the immediate aftermath of Cyclone Winston.
Last Thursday, US Ambassador to the South Pacific, Judith Cefkin, opened a two-week long workshop held at the University of the South Pacific (USP) in Suva dedicated to Ocean Acidification Measuring and Monitoring.
The phenomenon has been recognised as a major threat to the wider global marine ecosystem.
The US Government has also made a pledge to forward gender equality initiatives in the region, with expectations that climate change may give rise to further inequalities.
Ambassador Cefkin, in an interview, discussed the plans behind the goal of building stronger, more resilient communities in the Pacific.