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UN Hears Of Fiji’s Climate Change Initiatives

Fiji’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Peter Thomson, outlined Fiji’s climate change initiatives at the United Nations Secretary-General’s Climate Change Summit on Wednesday. He said the Fijian Government had
26 Sep 2014 08:41
UN Hears Of Fiji’s Climate Change Initiatives
The scene at most supermarkets across the country before the national announcement by Dr James Fong, Permanent Secretary for Health and Medical Services. Photo: Leon Lord

Fiji’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Peter Thomson, outlined Fiji’s climate change initiatives at the United Nations Secretary-General’s Climate Change Summit on Wednesday.

He said the Fijian Government had recently adopted policy initiatives, such as the national Green Growth Framework, setting out our goals to promote clean energy.

“We are pursuing innovative ways to reduce risks, manage disasters and enhance the resilience of our vulnerable communities and ecosystems,” he said.

These actions, he said were designed in order for Fiji to pursue low-carbon and climate resilient growth by reducing or avoiding emissions.

“We trust that our actions will encourage others to make bold and decisive pledges.”

He urged all countries to work diligently towards a fair and equitable, and at the same time ambitious, legally-binding climate change agreement to be adopted in Paris in 2015.

Fiji reiterates its call for the provision of necessary finance and technology to enable countries like ours to realise our ambitions of reducing emissions and deal with the serious climate change impacts already being experienced.

Mr Thomson urged developed nations to honour their current commitments under the convention and the Kyoto Protocol, and called on them to demonstrate decisive leadership as they approached the uncertainties of the future.

“The Green Climate Fund provides the best opportunity for countries to demonstrate their commitment to addressing climate change, by expediting its operations through the proposed $15-billion capitalisation of the fund in time for the Lima COP. The new legally binding climate agreement expected to be finalised by the Paris COP, will be a fitting testament of our global resolve.”

He urged everyone at the summit to commit, as a family of nations, to saving our planet, so that they would not be found wanting by future generations.

According to Mr Thomson, the summit provides all countries – big and small, developed and developing, rich and poor, the opportunity to demonstrate their commitment and political will to deal with this global challenge.

He thanked the secretary general for his timely initiative and applauded his efforts to catalyse concrete actions.

Feedback:  maikab@fijisun.com.fj

 



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