A GOOD WEEK AT COP23: PM

He has ev­ery ex­pec­ta­tion that they will ful­fill the ob­jec­tives of the Fi­jian Pres­i­dency

Fiji Sun - - Front Page - JY­OTI PRAT­I­BHA

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.

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