World View

MATT MCGRATH | BBC, EN­VI­RON­MENT COR­RE­SPON­DENT

Fiji Sun - - Fiji Today - „ Ar­ti­cle pub­lished by BBC Feed­back: jy­otip@fi­jisun.com.fj

The next head of the UN global cli­mate talks has ap­pealed for the US to “save” Pa­cific is­lands from the im­pacts of global warm­ing. Prime Min­is­ter Voreqe Bain­i­marama said that the is­lands needed the US now as much as they did dur­ing World War Two. He was speak­ing as global cli­mate talks in Mar­rakesh came to an end. Mr Bain­i­marama said that cli­mate change was not a hoax, as US Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump has claimed. Mr Trump has promised to pull the US out of the Paris Cli­mate Agree­ment and scrap all pay­ments for UN global warm­ing projects.

But as he ac­cepted the role of pres­i­dent of the Con­fer­ence of the Par­ties for the year ahead, the Fi­jian leader took the op­por­tu­nity to call on to the next US pres­i­dent to step away from his scep­ti­cism.

“I again ap­peal to the Pres­i­dent-elect of the US Don­ald Trump to show lead­er­ship on this is­sue by aban­don­ing his po­si­tion that man­made cli­mate change is a hoax,” said Mr Bain­i­marama.

“On the con­trary, the global sci­en­tific con­sen­sus is that it is very real and we must act more de­ci­sively to avoid catastrophe.” He also made a di­rect call to the Amer­i­can peo­ple to come to their aid in the face of ris­ing seas, driven by global warm­ing. “We in the Pa­cific, in com­mon with the whole world, look to Amer­ica for the lead­er­ship and en­gage­ment and as­sis­tance on cli­mate change just as we looked to Amer­ica in the dark days of World War Two. “I say to the Amer­i­can peo­ple, you came to save us then, and it is time for you to help save us now.” Af­ter two weeks of talks here in Mar­rakesh, par­tic­i­pants ar­rived at a con­sen­sus on the next steps for­ward for the land­mark cli­mate treaty. This gath­er­ing saw the open­ing of CMA1, the Con­fer­ence of the Par­ties meet­ing as the sig­na­to­ries of the Paris Agree­ment, which aims to limit global tem­per­a­ture rises. CMA1 will be the for­mal UN body that will run, man­age and set the rules for the op­er­a­tion of the Paris treaty. UK joins the club The num­ber of coun­tries who have rat­i­fied the agree­ment jumped above 100 with the UK join­ing dur­ing the last few days of the con­fer­ence. “Del­e­gates in Mar­rakesh made cru­cial progress in build­ing the foun­da­tion to sup­port the Paris agree­ment, which went into force just days be­fore COP22,” said Paula Ca­ballero from the World Re­sources In­sti­tute.

“Most im­por­tantly, ne­go­tia­tors agreed to fi­nalise the rules of the Paris Agree­ment by 2018 and de­vel­oped a clear roadmap to meet that dead­line.” The par­tic­i­pants also agreed the Mar­rakesh Procla­ma­tion, a state­ment re-af­firm­ing the in­ten­tions of all 197 sig­na­to­ries to the Paris deal. Seen as show of unity on the is­sue in the light a pos­si­ble US with­drawal, coun­tries stated they would live up to their prom­ises to re­duce emis­sions.

The procla­ma­tion also called on all states to in­crease their car­bon cut­ting am­bi­tions, ur­gently. Some of the poor­est na­tions in the world an­nounced that they were mov­ing to­wards 100 per cent green en­ergy at this meet­ing. The Cli­mate Vul­ner­a­ble Fo­rum said that the 47 mem­ber coun­tries, in­clud­ing Bangladesh, Ethiopia and Ye­men, would achieve this goal be­tween 2030 and 2050. And they chal­lenged richer coun­tries to do the same.

De­spite these steps for­ward there were still some ar­eas of sig­nif­i­cant dif­fer­ence be­tween the par­ties, es­pe­cially over money. The talks will con­tinue in 2017 with a new the US del­e­ga­tion picked by the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion.

We in the Pa­cific, in com­mon with the whole world, look to Amer­ica for the lead­er­ship and en­gage­ment and as­sis­tance on cli­mate change just as we looked to Amer­ica in the dark days of World War Two. I say to the Amer­i­can peo­ple, you came to save us then, and it is time for you to help save us now Voreqe Bain­i­marama Voreqe Bain­i­marama

Prime Min­is­ter Voreqe Bain­i­marama in Mar­rakesh, Morocco.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Fiji

© PressReader. All rights reserved.