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PM: Leaders Must Fight Climate Action With Pacific Spirit

PM: Leaders Must Fight Climate Action With Pacific Spirit
Prime Minister and FijiFirst party leader Voreqe Bainimarama.
July 27
10:13 2018

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama said that in the face of adversity, “the fight that ignites us is the Pacific spirit” and it was what allowed the Pacific to come out on top.

This was part of his keynote address at the Climate Action Pacific Partnership (CAPP) conference at the Grand Pacific Hotel (GPH) in Suva yesterday.

“It’s this fight that is driving us to action, and sparking exactly the type of thinking and action needed to bring about real and tangible change,” Mr Bainimarama said.

He said the Pacific Islands’ challenge had been getting access to the financing and technologies to put these innovations into place in their communities, so the people benefitted from this transition.

While our collective global economic weight may be small, he said their voice was powerful, because they stood as the moral authority for the vulnerable people of the world.

“Let us use the voice we have been given for this critical time. Let us make the institutions of the global economy hear us loud and clear,” Mr Bainimarama said.

“And let us create the connection to the global markets that will bring this technology here and transform our economies for the better.”

He said the Pacific Islands had demanded their rightful place at the table of climate negotiations.

And they were asserting their moral authority as vulnerable states to drive the world to a more ambitious, more aggressive action.

“This is our moment. We must lead, and we cannot lead from the rear,” Mr Bainimarama said.

“We must be out front with our actions, by rethinking how we can take bold climate action that helps us build the resilience of our communities and economies and further reduce our already minimal emissions.”

He said it was the price of leadership that they had to do more, to show the way, to lead by example.

Most of all, he said they must be united—speaking with one voice, and very loudly.

Clearly, he said they had much to say, but their voice would not be heard if they did not speak out as one – loud and clear.

“The Talanoa Dialogues happening here and around the world, including at the forthcoming California Global Climate Action Summit and the United Nations General Assembly in September, and ultimately, at COP24, must create momentum for change that carries us forward.”

According to Mr Bainimarama they have made it a hallmark of Fiji’s COP23 presidency to build what they called a “Grand Coalition” to fight climate change.

A broad gathering of local communities, sub-national governments, civil society, business, faith-based groups and others all sharing their experiences and acting in common purpose.

He said they were determined to bring to COP real stories from the people – from the front lines – and to ensure that they kept the pressure on all actors to get the job done.

Edited by Percy Kean



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