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Unprecedented Achievement By Fiji On World Stage

The year 2017 will go down as the year that Fiji reached an unprecedented level in our global contribution to confronting the threat of climate change and reversing the degradation
24 Nov 2016 11:06
Unprecedented Achievement By Fiji On World Stage
Editorial

The year 2017 will go down as the year that Fiji reached an unprecedented level in our global contribution to confronting the threat of climate change and reversing the degradation of our oceans and seas.

For the first time ever, we will be presiding in two major international conferences overseas in one year. The first will be a United Nations conference oceans at the UN headquarters in New York from June 5 to June 9.

Fiji and Sweden are co-presidents of the conference.

UN General Assembly president, Peter Thomson, says the conference is mandated by the UN member states because they recognise that SDG (Sustainable Development Goals) 14 — the Oceans Goal — need some means of support to make sure it is being implemented and that it will be the “game-changer that will turn around the cycle of decline in which the ocean is caught.”

The second major international conference is the 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 23) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) which will be organised by Fiji and hosted at the headquarters of the UNFCCC secretariat in Bonn, Germany from November the 6th to 17th.

The awarding of the presidency of these two meetings shows the confidence that the international community places in our country. And it has come because we have shown that we are not afraid to speak our minds despite our size. Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama, who has led the charge, deserves credit for his courage in standing up to leaders of more powerful nations like US President-elect Donald Trump.

Feedback:  nemani.delaibatiki@fijisun.com.fj

 

 

 



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