PM Seeks Ethiopian Backing For Climate Change
Says we need to speak with a united voice on world stage
Pime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has called on Ethiopia to support Fiji’s battle on climate change.
Mr Bainimarama was addressing his East-Central African nation counterpart, Dr Terdros Adhanom Ghebreyesus during a bilateral meeting on the margins of the 71st United Nations General Assembly in New York.
He said: “We need to speak with a united voice on the world stage to arrest the current rate of global warming. We are urging all nations to ratify the Paris Agreement on Climate Change as a matter of urgency.
“We hope that Ethiopia will join the 27 countries that have already done so. But Fiji and other Pacific island nations still aren’t satisfied with cap of 2 degrees Celsius on global warming over pre-industrial levels that was agreed to in Paris.
“While it is a positive first step, we are pressing for a cap of 1.5 degrees as contained in the Suva Declaration of members of the Pacific Islands Development Forum.
“And we ask Ethiopia to use its influence wherever possible to support us in the various global forums as we press our case.
“We must use every opportunity to build on the Paris Agreement and take it further. I will be going to COP-22 in Marrakech (Morroco) in November with this message and hope that you will lend your voice to it as well.
“We all know that severe climate-related weather events are only projected to become more frequent and more severe. In Ethiopia, this is presenting a growing challenge to your food security, and in the Pacific, this threatens the very existence of many low-lying nations.”
Edited by Rusiate Mataika