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PM Reveals: 50-Member Team Will Go To Bonn for COP23

PM Reveals: 50-Member Team Will Go To Bonn for COP23
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and SODELPA Party leader Ro Teimumu Kepa share a moment after the Parliament opening on Septamber 4, 2017. Photo:Jone Luvenitoga
September 05
16:40 2017

A 50-member Fijian delegation will support Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama at the 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP23) in Bonn, Germany, from November 6-17.

This number was revealed yesterday by Mr Bainimarama when he was hosted by the Fiji Broadcasting Corporation’s iTaukei television programme Vakekeli.

He said as well as his presidency, fijians would be chairing meetings during COP23.

As chair of the meeting, the PM said Fiji was to host the conference but the challenge was the size because there was no place here to host close to 20,000 participants.

Germany, he said had come on board because Bonn had the Climate Change Secretariat and had given Fiji 70 million Euro (around F$155m) to host COP23.

Answering a query from Nadroga he said as the president, he was responsible for rallying countries to battle global warming. He said he went to Sacramento, California, to endorse the Under2 Coalition where members shared goal of limiting greenhouse gas emissions.

California with other states and provinces around the world, had set tougher targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, a symbolic step intended to help counterbalance President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris deal on climate change.

He said that as a means to fight climate change in California electric cars, gas cars, the use of solar electricity were now in use.

During the PM’s recent tours around the maritime islands he said requests for seawalls topped the list.

“In many cases we just send the materials for the seawall, the villagers do the construction,” he said.

A request from Nadroga wanted the Prime Minister to stop work on construction works that have affected lives in villages.

In response the PM said that before any construction was made the Ministry of Environment carried out the environmental impact assessment (EIA).

EIA is a process of evaluating the likely environmental impacts of a proposed project or development, taking into account inter-related socio-economic, cultural and human-health impacts, both beneficial and adverse.

On plastics used by supermarkets for shoppers, the PM said a women’s group from Ba was working with RB Patel and had supplied 3000 shopping bags.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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