Ambassador Saran Addresses Climate Summit In Paris
The Fijian COP23 Presidency presented Fiji’s vision and plans for the upcoming UN Climate Change Conference (COP23) during the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Climate Summit in Paris this week. Ambassador Deo Saran, Fiji’s Climate Ambassador and Special Envoy to the UNFCCC, represented the Presidency at the event and shared his views with the Climate Change Expert Group and the high-level representatives of the OECD, which includes some of the most influential Parties to the UNFCCC.
“Fiji is proud to be the first small island developing state to preside over the intergovernmental climate change negotiations,” Mr Saran said. “I assure you that as an island nation, we are bringing the urgency of climate action to this COP.
“Our goal is to make COP23 a visionary COP and energise all Parties to fully implement the Paris Agreement.
“At this COP we need to demonstrate that we are moving in the right direction and at the right speed.”
He stressed that the engagement of non-state actors is also very important to inform the Facilitative Dialogue. “The Fijian Presidency is convinced that we can only succeed if we all work together. “The partnership between governments, business, cities and civil society is key to achieve real progress on the ground. This is the spirit of the Paris Agreement, a spirit of shared leadership, global cooperation and solidarity,” he said.
Mr Saran said that Fiji is already working very closely with Poland, the incoming Presidency for COP24.
“We want to engage Poland from the start.
“With this model of shared leadership, we want to ensure a collective success and a common legacy that can inform the global stock take and the climate negotiations in the many years to come.”
From left: Ambassador for Climate Change, France Brigitte Collet, Ambassador Deo Saran and Principal Advisor (DG for Climate Action, European Commission) Jacob Werksman. .