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Chinese Input In Climate Change Will Bolster COP23 Preparation

Chinese Input In Climate Change Will Bolster COP23 Preparation
Xie Zhenhua
April 20
09:12 2017

The arrival of a high-level Chinese delegation led by their chief climate negotiator Xie Zhenhua to discuss COP23 related matters is an indication of the importance the international community is attaching to Fiji’s presidency.

Mr Xie arrived into the country to discuss how China can assist Fiji as we head into serious discussions about COP23.

Not too long ago, a high level German delegation was in the country. Germany is very generously footing the bill of hosting the Conference in Bonn in November.

Similar assistance can be expected from the Chinese.

Mr Xie has been very vocal and passionate about climate change issues. He has not minced his words about the need for United States of America to follow through on the Paris Agreement.

He has been firm in his approach that the signatories of the Paris Agreement need to see through the list of items they agreed to implement.

China has been readying itself for vocal negotiations.

Fiji’s presidency of COP23 has shone the light on those island nations who are most vulnerable as they face wild weather patterns and rising sea level.

Fiji has been firm in its approach on climate change.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has stressed the need for all stakeholders to be united and work together before it is too late.

China and Germany’s assistance also marks the important role the international community expects Fiji to play to get all the players on the same page.

It will be a tough job for Mr Bainimarama but it is a job that needs to be done.

As Mr Bainimarama stated, there is a need for us all to come together to build partnerships for climate action between governments, civil society and the private sector.

And we all need to work together to improve the climate resilience of vulnerable nations such as Fiji.

We are not just sitting here in the Pacific bearing the brunt – along with our neighbours – of some of the worst effects of climate change.

With Fiji’s presidency of COP-23, we have been entrusted with the task of leading the world in the next phase of these negotiations.

Mr Bainimarama said we all needed “to preserve the multilateral consensus contained in the Paris Agreement for decisive cuts in carbon emissions.

“And we must keep up the momentum for its implementation with a wave of climate action that every global citizen can join,” he had said at the launch of the COP23 logo.

This rings true as the countdown begins for an event which is close to every small island nation’s heart.


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