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pleased to re­port that in the first week of COP23, they had achieved a great deal of sub­stance.

He said clear progress was be­ing made on the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Paris Agree­ment. “The be­gin­nings of a text are emerg­ing. There is gen­eral agree­ment on the need for greater am­bi­tion. And cer­tainly the mood at COP is a lot more pos­i­tive than some might have ex­pected given the chal­lenges to the mul­ti­lat­eral con­sen­sus on de­ci­sive ac­tion of which you are all aware.

“I cer­tainly be­lieve there is a grow­ing ap­pre­ci­a­tion that the only way for ev­ery na­tion to put it­self first is to join hands with ev­ery other na­tion and tackle this prob­lem head on. “And as I keep say­ing, the door is al­ways open to those who are hold­ing back to join us on our mis­sion and move for­ward to­gether.

“Friends, Fiji cer­tainly thinks we have brought some­thing to these ne­go­ti­a­tions that is both dis­tinc­tive and ef­fec­tive. Many del­e­ga­tions are now re­fer­ring to the “Bula Spirit” and the “Ta­lanoa Di­a­logue” – two con­cepts we brought with us to Bonn that seem to res­onate widely and have cap­tured the imag­i­na­tions of even the most cyn­i­cal del­e­gates.

“The Bula Spirit is sim­ply a Fi­jian way of bring­ing our own tra­di­tion of friend­li­ness and joy to what is a pretty sober process - work­ing to­gether as na­tions and peo­ple to tackle the most se­ri­ous chal­lenge of our age.

“Ta­lanoa – a Pa­cific word for story telling has a more sub­stan­tive pur­pose. It is to bring the Pa­cific tra­di­tion of de­ci­sion-mak­ing based on re­spect and un­der­stand­ing to a ne­go­ti­at­ing

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At­tor­ney-Gen­eral Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum in Bonn, Ger­many.

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