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PM: Pacific Can Confront Threat

PM: Pacific Can Confront Threat
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama.
July 28
11:57 2018

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama says there is momentum in the Pacific to confront the climate change threat.

He made the comment while closing the Climate Action Pacific Partnership (CAPP) Conference at the Grand Pacific Hotel (GPH) in Suva yesterday.

Mr Bainimarama said the momentum had accelerated over the last two days.

“The energy and drive that I felt at this conference was even greater than a year ago. It was fuelled by a year in which we have worked hard on both practical and political grounds,” he said.

Mr Bainimarama said they had been developing practical solutions for mitigation, adaptation, resilience and financing.

For example, he said, they could all be proud that the idea for a Pacific Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) Hub, which was conceived at the inaugural CAPP meeting last year, was now to be a reality.

“It’s been colourfully described as being both like Wikipedia and an online dating service.”

Mr Bainimarama said he was not sure about that last one – maybe it was a generational thing – but he thought they all agreed it would certainly helped them to continually strengthen their own NDCs and brought them to life using the latest ideas, experience and technologies from here and around the world.

He said while they were grateful for the support from those developed countries to help establish the Hub, the Prime Minister of Tuvalu reminded them that these kinds of initiatives did not relieve any country of its responsibility to strengthen its NDC. At the GPH and at the Pacific Leaders Talanoa Dialogue on Thursday afternoon Mr Bainimarama said they had not just been celebrating their partnership.

“We have been finding and institutionalising ways to better co-ordinate and co-operate in our efforts,” he said.

Mr Bainimarama said at the CAPP meeting the leaders explored various opportunities and challenges in relation to the actions they needed to take and the investments they needed to make in order to reach net-zero emissions as soon as possible, to protect our oceans and strengthen the resilience of Pacific countries.

After the closing ceremony all the participants witnessed the military retreat performed by the Republic of Fiji Military Forces at the Albert Park, Suva where the flags of all the participating countries were lowered.  

Edited by Epineri Vula

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