Am­bas­sador Saran Ad­dresses Cli­mate Sum­mit In Paris

Fiji Sun - - Nation - Source: DEPTFO News

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.”

Source: DEPTFO News

From left: Am­bas­sador for Cli­mate Change, France Brigitte Col­let, Am­bas­sador Deo Saran and Prin­ci­pal Ad­vi­sor (DG for Cli­mate Ac­tion, Euro­pean Com­mis­sion) Ja­cob Werks­man. .

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