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Signing A Positive Step: Bainimarama

    Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama says it’s a positive step when he signs the Paris Agreement on Climate Change in New York today. But he said it was not
23 Apr 2016 10:46
Signing A Positive Step: Bainimarama
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama.

 

 

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama says it’s a positive step when he signs the Paris Agreement on Climate Change in New York today.

But he said it was not nearly enough to avert catastrophe for many vulnerable states and economies.

“We need to do more,” he said.

He said soon after the signing he would be depositing the ratification documents for Fiji.

Meanwhile, Reuters has reported that more than 150 governments, including 40 heads of state, are expected at a symbolic signing ceremony for the agreement at the United Nations.

“It’s the largest one-day signing of any international agreement, according to the UN,” the report said.

It said that so far, the United States, China, Canada and a host of other countries have promised to join this year – boosting the hopes of bringing the Paris deal into force before the initial target date of 2020 – possibly as early as this year or the next, according to officials and analysts.

 

‘IMF recognises Fiji as more equal society’

Meanwhile, Mr Bainimarama said the International Monetary Fund (IMF) had now formally recognised that Fiji had become a more equal society in income distribution.

He said this had placed Fiji in the Asian region among countries where income inequality was decreasing.

He said it was a wonderful achievement for any country – developed or developing – and a milestone on our journey towards 2030, as well as a source of great pride for every Fijian.

Mr Bainimarama said Fiji was committed to achieve its 2030 global sustainable development agenda and it was a cornerstone of its national policies.

He said at every level, Fiji had made the sustainable development of its resources; the reduction of poverty and the social and economic progress of the Fijian people as the chief priorities.

“Indeed, the new Constitution mandates us to ensure the socio-economic rights of all Fijians,” he said.

Government had created equal access to learning with another first in Fiji – the introduction of free schooling and tertiary loans so that never again will any Fijian child be left behind because of poverty, Mr Bainimarama said.

Edited by Nemani Delaibatiki

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