Re­duce car­bon emis­sions, busi­ness lead­ers urged

Fiji Sun - - Cop23 Fiji - DEPTFO

Busi­ness lead­ers from larger economies can play a cru­cial role in ad­dress­ing the im­pacts of cli­mate change and pro­vide sup­port towards adap­ta­tion and mit­i­ga­tion mea­sures in re­duc­ing car­bon emis­sions, says Deo Saran. Fiji’s Am­bas­sador to the Euro­pean Union and COP23 Cli­mate Am­bas­sador was speak­ing at the Ma­jor Economies Busi­ness Fo­rum Di­a­logue in Bonn, Ger­many. Ad­dress­ing par­tic­i­pants from gov­ern­ment del­e­ga­tions, busi­ness lead­ers, aca­demics and of­fi­cials from the UN, Am­bas­sador Saran said that the Grand Coali­tion es­tab­lished by the Fi­jian COP pres­i­dency brings to­gether all stake­hold­ers who can in­flu­ence change.

“We are com­mit­ted to us­ing our Pres­i­dency to steer the world towards the 1.5 tar­get that is al­ready in the Paris Agree­ment. For many Is­lands and vul­ner­a­ble com­mu­ni­ties, this is a ques­tion of sur­vival. This will re­quire the world to come to­gether in a Grand Coali­tion to raise am­bi­tion. Not only the Par­ties, but all those who have the power to act: gov­ern­ments at ev­ery level, civil so­ci­ety, faith com­mu­ni­ties, the pri­vate sec­tor and or­di­nary men and women across the world. Gov­ern­ments can­not do this alone and the Fi­jian Pres­i­dency val­ues in­clu­sive­ness.” This year’s fo­rum ad­dressed ex­pec­ta­tions and busi­ness con­tri­bu­tions to:

pro­ce­dures re­quired to im­ple­ment the Paris Agree­ment,

the 2018 Fa­cil­i­ta­tive Di­a­logue and later global stock­takes, in­clud­ing in­for­ma­tion, sources and pro­ce­dures to: as­sess col­lec­tive progress; re­view, as­sess and re­new Na­tion­ally De­ter­mined Con­tri­bu­tions (NDCs); and in­sti­tute the trans­parency frame­work for ac­tion and sup­port, and

BizMEF’s pro­pos­als for a recog­nised chan­nel for busi­ness in­put and en­gage­ment in tech­ni­cal and pol­icy de­lib­er­a­tions in the mul­ti­lat­eral process.

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