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Fiji, First To Lodge Paris Instruments

Fiji, First To Lodge Paris Instruments
From left: Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, Fiji’s permanent representative to the United Nations Peter Thomson and Fiji’s Ambassador to United States Solo Mara at the United Nations in New York. Photo: DEPTFO News
April 24
09:49 2016

Fiji is the first nation in the world to approve the ratification of the Paris Agreement and to lodge the ratification instruments, says Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama.

Mr Bainimarama said this while delivering his statement at the signing ceremony of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change at the United Nation Headquarters in New York yesterday.

He said that this was a proud day for Fiji as well as a momentous day for the global community as a whole.

He said he was also standing before them as the leader of a nation that had been among the first since Paris to experience the full force of an extreme weather event attributed to climate change.

Mr Bainimarama said whatever they agreed to achieve together in Paris was not enough and they needed to do more.

Fiji, he said, desperately needed the global community to side with it not only to arrest the current state of global warming, but to help it adapt to the sea level rise and extreme weather events associated with climate change.

“Do not abandon us to the terrible fate that awaits us through no fault of our own.

“There’s a very real prospect that a single climatic event can destroy all the progress we are making to build strong economies and improve the lives of our people,” he said.

While Fiji joined 175 other countries that signed the Paris Agreement yesterday, it was one of only 15 countries to deposit the instruments of ratification.

The other countries were Barbados, Belize, Fiji, Grenada, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Nauru, Palau, Palestine, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Samoa, Somalia and Tuvalu. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has warmly congratulated the 15 countries for depositing their instruments of ratification with the United Nations yesterday.

The agreement will come into force 30 days after at least 55 countries, accounting for 55 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions, deposit their instruments of ratification or acceptance with the Secretary-General.

Meanwhile, Reuters reported that French President Francois Hollande, the first to sign the agreement, will ask their Parliament to ratify it by this summer.

China, the world’s top carbon emitter, announced it will “finalise domestic procedures” to ratify the Paris Agreement before the G20 summit in China in September.

Edited by Manasa Kalouniviti

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