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EDITORIAL-Major Boost For Fijian Presidency Of COP23

The appointment of Californian Governor Edmund G Brown Jr as Special Advisor for States and Regions by COP23 President and Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama is a major breakthrough for the
15 Jun 2017 11:00
EDITORIAL-Major Boost For Fijian Presidency Of COP23
Californian Governor Edmund G Brown Jr

The appointment of Californian Governor Edmund G Brown Jr as Special Advisor for States and Regions by COP23 President and Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama is a major breakthrough for the Fijian presidency.

The Governor of the third largest state in the United States of America, who is commonly known as Jerry Brown, said: “California is proud to partner with Fiji, an island nation that is experiencing first-hand the impacts of climate change and this year is the leader of the UN Conference of Parties.”

“I look forward to taking the next step later this year with Governor Kate Brown and Governor Jay Inslee when we join Prime Minister Bainimarama in Bonn to show that states and regions will fulfill the Paris commitment.”

Kate Brown is the Governor of Oregon and Jay Inslee is the Governor of Washington.

They join a growing movement of people and organisations in the US who do not support US President Donald Trump’s hostile position against climate change action.

Before appointing Mr Brown, Mr Bainimarama signed on the dotted line and Fiji became the latest government to join the Under2 Coalition. The coalition is a diverse group of governments around the world which set ambitious targets to combat climate change.

It originated from a partnership between California and Baden-Wurttenberg with the aim of bringing together ambitious states and regions willing to make a number of key commitments towards emissions reduction to help galvanise climate change action.

Mr Bainimarama has enlisted a very powerful lobby group that spans six continents, 35 countries and 175 jurisdictions which represent 1.2 billion people and 28.8 trillion US dollars in GDP (Gross Domestic Product).The population is equivalent to 16 per cent of the global population and 39 per cent of the global economy.

The influence of Mr Brown and members of the Under2 Coalition will be a major boost for the preparation of the Fijian presidency COP23.

It has softened the blow unleashed by President Trump when he announced he was pulling the US away from the Paris Agreement. It is now becoming apparent that more and more Americans are joining the climate change bandwagon.

Seven months after Fiji was handed the COP23 presidency, the latest development shows that preparation is progressing well despite the initial challenges. Mr Trump’s announcement has not dampened the spirit of the Paris Agreement as displayed by the responses of  many countries.

Mr Brown has shown that with or without the support of their governments, people can still continue their climate change battle. Months before the Paris Agreement was signed, Mr Brown was already organising alliances with states and regions. What started initially as a pact between Baden-Wurttenberg state of Germany and California, has grown to become an international force to reckon with.

Now that Fiji is a member of  Under2 Coalition and will be getting its full support, it will strengthen the Fijian presidency’s position during the COP23 summit in Bonn, Germany, in November.

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