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Talanoa Session: Kepa’s Comments On COP23 Shallow: PM

Talanoa Session: Kepa’s Comments On COP23 Shallow: PM
Leader of the Opposition Ro Teimumu Kepa
September 03
13:16 2017

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama said the Leader of the Opposition Ro Teimumu Kepa’s comments on what should be happening at the COP23 conference were poor and very shallow.

Speaking at a talanoa session at Narawa Primary School in Tavua last week, Mr Bainimarama said he brought the matter up because the Leader of Opposition came up with a statement over the last couple of days about what COP23 was about.

“Please COP23 and Climate Change have nothing to do with politics,” he said.

“It is to do with our children and great grandchildren; we have to look after them.

“The Opposition Leader came up with the statement last week shows how poor she was in her thinking of what should be happening in the Conference and was very shallow.

“But then that’s always been the case with our Opposition-very shallow thinking and not very good leadership at all during the case of climate change.

“That is the reason why we’re here because of the effect of climate change on our school.

“What climate change brought about which was Cyclone Winston, and I also highlighted on what’s happening in Houston, Texas; the effects of Hurricane Harvey in the media.

“Now Hurricane Harvey is gone, leaving behind flooded areas and communities and costing many lives in Houston, Texas and also a lot of money.

“For us here in Fiji, Cyclone Winston took out 1/3 of our GDP (Gross Domestic Product) and I think I remember telling everyone that.

“Even though it came around the west we were saved that it didn’t take down most our tourist industry.

“COP23 which we will be heading in November to Bonn, Germany is the biggest United Nations Conference and many nations which will be represented in that conference.”

He said since Fiji had the presidency of COP23, the country should have played host but this could not be done as Fiji could not afford the logistic of hosting over 20,000 people in the Conference so Germany has come to our aid and would host the Conference on Fiji’s behalf.

He said a pre-COP23 meeting would be held in Nadi in October 16-18 where he hoped a good number of leaders would turn up.

Edited by Rusiate mataika

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