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Fijian Presidency Praised, Smiles Say It All In Bonn

Fijian Presidency Praised, Smiles Say It All In Bonn
Fijian delegation to COP23 bid farewell to participants of the 2017 climate change conference in Bonn Germany on November 18, 2017. Photo: Jyoti Pratibha
November 19
16:27 2017

The smiles on the faces of the Fijian delegation said it all as Fiji wrapped up COP23 meet in Bonn, Germany yesterday.

Negotiations went on through the entire night with discussions and deliberations on the rule book for implementation of the Paris Agreement.

Fiji’s presidency received wide praise from  world leaders and as Fiji continues with the COP23 presidency there is hope that this small island nation will leave its mark on the world.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama listed some notable achievements at the close of COP23.

He said they included:

our Ocean Pathway

the historic agreement on agriculture

an action plan on gender

a decision that benefits local communities and indigenous peoples

securing more funding for climate adaptation

taking an important next step to ensure that the Adaptation Fund shall serve the Paris Agreement.

launching a global partnership to provide millions of climate-vulnerable people the world over with affordable access to insurance.

Mr Bainimarama said COP23 had brought together power in many different forms.

“Power at all levels of government.

“Power in corporate boardrooms.

“Power in international institutions and civil society.

“Power in the hands of educators, investors and creative artists.

“The organisational power of our youth. And the power we derive as decision-makers from our people to fully implement the Paris Agreement. 

“We need all this power to solve the greatest challenge of our age.

“Friends, we had a competition back home in Fiji to select a young person to represent our people and the winner was a boy by the name of Timoci Naulusala.

“I’m sure you’ll all agree that he spoke beautifully.

‘I’m told that the Bonn Zone went quiet and people gathered around the screens.

“And he made such an impact that President Macron has invited him to Paris.

“Another young Fijian, Shalvi Shakshi, also struck a chord with visitors to the Bonn Zone.

“Timoci and Shalvi reminded us of the human cost of climate change.

“And of our ultimate responsibility – the interests and welfare of our children.

“Every culture and faith has this as a first principle and it must be ours as well.”



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