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PM To UN: No More Excuses

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama told the United Nations General Assembly yesterday “the time for excuses is over” on climate change. He said: “The emergency is now. The solution must be
02 Oct 2015 10:45
PM To UN: No More Excuses
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama at the 70th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. Photo: DEPTFO News

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama told the United Nations General Assembly yesterday “the time for excuses is over” on climate change.

He said: “The emergency is now. The solution must be now.”

He said South Pacific Island States “face the prospect of being swallowed up by the rising ocean and falling inexorably to oblivion.”

“Should that happen, the people of those Island States would be refugees as desperate and lost as the hundreds of thousands fleeing conflict in Syria and Iraq,” he said.

“It is very real. And it is happening now. And it is time to shed our indifference.”

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