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PM Tells Of Pacific Realities

PM Tells Of Pacific Realities
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama greeted by well wishers before the PALM8 summit in Iwaki, Japan. Photos: DEPTFO News
May 21
13:35 2018

Prime Minister Voreqe Baini­marama says those who do not accept the reality of climate change are forces that are only capa­ble of thinking in the short term.

Speaking on Saturday at the closed-door Summit of the 8th Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting (PALM8) Mr Bainimarama called for ur­gent action to address issues such as dying coral reefs and fish stock migration.

Minister for Industry, Trade, Tourism, Lands and Mineral Resources Faiyaz Koya greeted by well wishers before the PALM8 summit in Iwaki, Japan. Photos: DEPTFO News

Minister for Industry, Trade, Tourism, Lands and Mineral Resources Faiyaz Koya greeted by well wishers before the PALM8 summit in Iwaki, Japan. Photos: DEPTFO News

“Our message is being received, I believe, but it is being dis­regarded by some because some people prefer to surrender to a pleasant fantasy then confront and overcome a very un­pleasant truth,” Mr Bainimarama said.

The COP23 president believes that, as enshrined in the Ocean Pathway Partnership, climate change is inextricably linked to the health of the ocean, long an important natural resource for the Pacific.

Mr Bainimarama was addressing Japan’s Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, along with leaders from 13 other Pacific Island countries with representation from Australia, French Poly­nesia, New Zealand and New Caledonia.

He urged them to display the political will to help meet the “ambitious” goal of limiting the global rise in temperatures to 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels.

“At the current level of commitment, we may still see warm­ing of at least three degrees by the end of the century,” Mr Bainimarama said.

From left: Permanent Secretary for the Office of the Prime Minister and Sugar Industry Yogesh Karan, Mary Bainimarama with her husband Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and Minister for Industry, Trade, Tourism, Lands and Mineral Resources Faiyaz Koya in Iwaki, Japan. Photo: DEPTFO News

From left: Permanent Secretary for the Office of the Prime Minister and Sugar Industry Yogesh Karan, Mary Bainimarama with her husband Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and Minister for Industry, Trade, Tourism, Lands and Mineral Resources Faiyaz Koya in Iwaki, Japan. Photo: DEPTFO News

“Even limiting warming to 1.5 degrees probably won’t be enough to avoid social, economic and environmental disas­ters (linked to climate change).”

Japan and the other PIC leaders pledged at PALM8 to use their global influence to achieve this goal.

They reiterated their commitment to the Paris Agreement and said they continue to advocate for the “talanoa” dialogue.

Mr Bainimarama said: “So, it is clear that limiting the in­crease in global warming to no more than 1.5 degrees Celsius must be more than a dream.

“It must be more than a vague hope for the future. It must be a commitment.

“That is our mission in the COP negotiations and it is the only way to prevent catastrophe for the whole world and es­pecially for vulnerable nations like our own.”

At the summit Mr Bainimarama also joined other PIC lead­ers in adopting a unified declaration urging North Korea to end its nuclear and ballistic missile programme.

Edited by Epineri Vula

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