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 Sun - - Fiji Today - by Ne­mani Delaibatiki Edited by Naisa Koroi Feed­back: jy­otip@fi­jisun.com.fj

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.

Photo: DEPTFO News

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.

Photo: DEPTFO News

Prime Min­is­ter Voreqe Bain­i­marama de­liv­ers his ac­cep­tance re­marks of the COP23 pres­i­dency in Bonn, Ger­many next year in Novem­ber.

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