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Ratu Inoke Raises Climate Change Damage Concerns

Ratu Inoke Kubuabola says economic losses and damages caused by climate change should be considered at the Conference of Parties (COP 21) in Paris in December. The Minister for Foreign
19 Aug 2015 10:23
Ratu Inoke Raises Climate Change Damage Concerns
Minister for Foreign Affairs Ratu Inoke Kubuabola.

Ratu Inoke Kubuabola says economic losses and damages caused by climate change should be considered at the Conference of Parties (COP 21) in Paris in December.

The Minister for Foreign Affairs made the remarks when he launched the week-long science and cultural week at the University of the South Pacific ICT Japan Centre yesterday.

Ratu Inoke said Fiji’s recently launched Green Growth Framework aimed to integrate climate response strategies into co-ordinating critical economic sectors towards a broader national sustainable development planning process.

“It is also taking into account respective sub-national planning processes like the Integrated Rural Development Framework or the IRDF,” he said.

Attesting to its commitment, he said Fiji was currently working on its Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) and planned to submit its low carbon strategy prior to the Paris talks.

For this, he said the Fijian Government considered to be an enormous commitment despite its extremely low level of CO2 emissions of 1.5 million tons CO2 per year for the year 2013.

“This translates to 1.6 tonnes per capita compared to the world average of 5.4 tonnes per capita,” he said.

According to Ratu Inoke, under its INDC, Fiji is committed to switching to a low carbon pathway, provided that its contribution is considered voluntary, in that they will rely on the support of the industrial countries to meet their targets.

Generally speaking, he said the Fijian Government as well as the civil society endorsed the position of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), in particular the 1.5 degrees Celsius related long-term goal.

“Accordingly, Fiji wishes to encourage all major emitters to present INDCs consistent with the science and this ambitious long-term goal.”

He said in terms of climate finance, Fiji continued to call for accelerated access and support provisions for a specific Small Islands Developing States (SIDS) quota as was achieved in the establishment of the Green Climate Fund. “Fiji also calls upon all industrial parties to step up its pledges to climate finance and help capitalise these pledges.”

Ratu Inoke said Fiji also welcomed the steadfast leadership of the European Union and wished to thank the Government of France for assisting the PSIDS in the lead-up to the critical climate talks.

He said Fiji  looked set to secure an agreement in Paris that was strong, effective and ensured countries lived up to their commitments.

For Fiji, he said, the issue of climate change was of singular importance.

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