Fiji Committed To Climate Change Action, Says PM
Fiji will do everything possible to secure the rapid ratification of the Paris Agreement and spur climate action, says Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama.
Speaking at a High Level Event on the Paris Agreement in New York, Mr Bainimarama has assured that Fiji will use its leadership position as holder of the Office of the President of the General Assembly this session to do it.
He said: “The need is urgent. This year is on track to be the hottest year ever, as was 2015, and as 2014 was the year before. My country, along with the other small island nations, is on the frontlines of climate impacts.
“The rapid entry into force and implementation of the Paris Agreement is critical for our national survival.
“We have a responsibility to our people – and to all the world’s people – to protect them from rising seas, powerful storms, hurricanes and cyclones, crippling floods, devastating droughts and higher temperatures.
“Today’s event shows there is support from the global community to bring the Paris Agreement to life and to work together to achieve all of our Sustainable Development Goals.
“I wish to express my deep thanks to the Secretary-General for hosting this event, and for his nine years of unflagging commitment and leadership to advancing global progress on climate change. Mr Secretary-General, you have elevated climate change to the top of the global agenda, and helped mobilise the consensus needed to adopt the Paris Agreement.
“You have consistently focused attention on the critical needs of the small island developing nations, as well as the world’s poorest and most vulnerable communities with respect to climate change.”
Edited by Maraia Vula