Fiji’s Strong Consistent Message Tips Balance in its Favour To Chair COP23
PM said it was unfair that while the developed countries were the worst polluters, the small island states were bearing the effects of climate change.
Fiji chairing COP23 in Bonn, Germany, next year, is a significant achievement.
It highlights the prominent role the Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama, is playing in climate change campaign. He has led the charge by the small island states threatened by rising sea level and wild weather patterns because of global warming. Before COP21 in Paris he had challenged industrialized countries to come to the table and ratify agreements to cut carbon emissions. He called those reluctant to co-operate as the coalition of the selfish. He said it was unfair that while the developed countries were the worst polluters, the small island states were bearing the effects of climate change. He has never shifted from this position and continues to call on world leaders to help in slowing down global warming by reducing the temperature to less than 2-degrees Celsius. Now he is talking about 1.5 degrees Celsius.
His latest appeal to US Presidentelect Donald Trump to reconsider his stand on climate change turned heads and may have played an influential role in Fiji getting the COP23 chair. Mr Trump had said that climate change was a hoax and it was a waste of time and money. Mr Bainimarama has even invited Mr Trip to come to Fiji to see for himself the impact of climate change and talk to the people. His consistent message has won Fiji the right to chair COP23.
From left: Polish Deputy Environment Minister, Paweł Sałek, Morocco’s Foreign Minister, Salaheddine Mezouar, and Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama, in Marrakesh, Morocco. Poland will preside COP24 in 2018, Morocco presided over COP22 and next year, a first for any Pacific Island nation, Fiji will preside over COP23 in Bonn, Germany.
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama delivers his acceptance remarks of the COP23 presidency in Bonn, Germany next year in November.