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PM Pleads with Australia, New Zealand: Speak up

PM Pleads with Australia, New Zealand: Speak up
In green shirts from left: Kiribati President Tenati Mamau, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and Tuvalu Prime Minister Enele Sopoaga onboard the Vola Sigavou on July 4, 2017. Photo: Vilimoni Vaganalau
July 05
11:16 2017

Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama last night pleaded to Australia and New Zealand to work side by side with Pacific Island countries in persuading the world to tackle the causes of climate change.

He made this statement while closing the Climate Action Pacific Partnership Event Meeting at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva yesterday.

Mr Bainimarama also thanked Australia and New Zealand for lending a helping hand to Fiji when it was struck by Tropical Cyclone Winston in 2016.

Present at the event was Australia’s Minister for International Co-operation and the Pacific, Concetta Fierravanti-Wells. However, the Deputy Prime Minister for New Zealand, Paula Bennett had left the country.

“Geography binds us together in perpetuity and while we may have our own differences of emphasis and opinion, we have shared a destiny that also binds us together,” Mr Bainimarama said.

“Not only to preserve the multilateral consensus for decisive action but to build our resilience,” he said.

Mr Bainimarama thanked the head of the COP23 Fiji Secretariat, John Connor and his industrious staff, and climate champion Inia Seruiratu.

He also thanked Pacific island countries for their commitment in the two -ay conference.

“We have been newly reminded of our vulnerability in the Pacific not only to climate change but also in our transport links,” Mr Bainimarama said.

Edited by Karalaini Waqanidrola


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