A GOOD WEEK AT COP23: PM
He has every expectation that they will fulfill the objectives of the Fijian Presidency
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama says he is delighted to report that things are going well at COP23 in Bonn, Germany.
“All in all, it’s been a good week. And when the ministers arrive for the final week tomorrow, they should generally be happy with the progress their delegations have made,” Mr Bainimarama said.
“I have every expectation so far that we will fulfill the objectives that I set out for our Presidency back in May and that I reasserted at the PreCOP in Fiji last month.”
He was speaking at the Inter-Parliament Union meeting at Bonn University. “As any parliamentarian knows, it’s possible to get stuck on procedure rather than substance,” he said.
“To obsess about the detail and miss the big picture. To continue to fight personal or party battles over parts of text and lose sight of the interests of everybody. In the case of climate change it is clear that we cannot afford to do any of this. “We must combine our resources - all of our political capital - in the interest of everyone we represent and make a practical difference in the real world.
Mr Bainimarama said he was
process that has often lacked both.
“The ‘I win, you lose’ style of negotiation is not what we need at COP. Talanoa is about arriving at outcomes that are for the common good. It is not about merely being nice to each other. Free and frank exchanges are encouraged. But we want those exchanges to take place in an atmosphere of respectful cooperation, devoid of finger pointing, that makes it easier to reach solutions in the interests of us all.
“The other thing that Fiji has brought to COP and I think has been appreciated has been our idea of building a Grand Coalition to move this process forward. Right from the start, we realised that national governments alone cannot solve this problem. And so we have been helping to bring governments at every level into the process, together with civil society, the private sector, faith- based organisations and ordinary men and woman throughout the world.
“As I keep saying, we are all in the same canoe when it comes to climate change. We all have something to offer. And as an example of the power of non- state players, I have had a series of encounters here in Bonn with those representing America’s Pledge and the Under2 Coalition – Governor Jerry Brown and a number of other governors, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and a host of other mayors, former US Vice President Al Gore and the Terminator himself – former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
“These are just some of the people giving weight to our Grand Coalition and it doesn’t stop there,” he said.