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PM To Make Regional Stand In Istanbul

We must acknowledge Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama’s stand on climate change. Currently he is leading a Fijian delegation to the United Nations World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Turkey. At the
24 May 2016 09:17
PM To Make Regional Stand In Istanbul

We must acknowledge Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama’s stand on climate change.

Currently he is leading a Fijian delegation to the United Nations World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Turkey.

At the two-day summit, he will be calling on the global community to assist countries such as Fiji with the funds they need to build their resilience to climate change and brief other nations on the relief and rehabilitation effort in the wake of Tropical Cyclone Winston.

He will also be speaking about the need for international assistance to enable Fiji to give permanent refuge to the people of Kiribati and Tuvalu in the event that both nations are submerged by the rising seas caused by global warming.

In Paris, he stressed that what the leaders had agreed to achieve together was a positive first step, but it was not enough.

The summit is being attended by representatives from 175 countries, including 53 heads of state and government, who will discuss a range of humanitarian challenges such as the mass displacement of refugees because conflicts and natural disasters.

Prime Minister Bainimarama will speak on behalf of the Pacific island countries. He has gained insight into the practical steps needed to deal with the issue over the years.

He said in Paris: “We are alarmed to hear the scientists tell us that capping global warming at two degrees above pre-industrial levels will not save us. So I also appeal to you to make this merely the beginning of a process of deeper cuts in carbon emissions.”

Climate change is a real threat to small Pacific island countries and one of the permanent solutions to this is relocation.

Relocation needs a lot of money and the global community should take some responsibility for the repercussions; and help financially.

According to Mr Bainimarama, the present arrangements for funding climate change adaptation are impeding our ability to gain access to appropriate financial arrangements. And unless these changes are made, we have little chance of meeting the challenge of protecting our economies and protecting our people.

Surely the global community must heed Mr Bainimarama’s call.

In other sessions, the Prime Minister will speak about the Government’s programme to improve the position of women and girls in Fiji and the steps being taken to integrate the private sector into decision- making and improve the ability of the business community to deal with disaster.

Among the Fijian delegation is the Minister for Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management, Inia Seruiratu; Fiji’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva; Nazhat Shameem and the Permanent Secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office, Yogesh Karan.

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