Fiji Prime Minister Plans To Continue Global Climate Change Leadership

Bainimarama: Will use Presidency of COP-23 UN climate negotiations to reduce emissions

By Mere Naleba

SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Times, Jan. 11, 2017) – "We cannot allow climate change and its disastrous effects to threaten the hard won progress my Government has achieved for the Fijian people."

These were the words of Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama during the opening of the Bau Tikina road on Monday.

Mr Bainimarama said the damage caused to infrastructure because of severe weather has been a continuing challenge for Fiji.

"And due to selfish behaviour of industrialised nations, experts tell us these weather events will only become more frequent and more severe," he said.

He said the Government was fighting hard as global champion against climate change and plans to use its presidency at COP-23 UN climate negotiations to reduce carbon emissions and arrest the global warming.

Mr Bainimarama said smaller island nations would need to demand stronger action from the international community.

"Not only to limit carbon emissions, but to assist vulnerable countries to protect ourselves from the effects of climate change we are already experiencing," he said.

"So that we can boost our climate resilience across the broad front, and keep our development as sustainable as possible."

He said Fiji can not allow the threat of climate change limit its ambition and the potential of its people and Fiji would be working hard to set out the vision of the new Fiji.

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