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President Konrote Urges World Council Support For COP23

The President of Fiji Major-General (Retired) Jioji Konrote has called for the World Council of Churches to support Fiji’s presidency at the 23rd Conference of Parties (COP23). Major-General (Ret’d) Konrote
14 Aug 2017 11:00
President Konrote Urges World Council Support For COP23
From left: World Council of Churches president for the Pacific Reverend Mele’ana Puloka, President of the Maohi Protestant Church, French Polynesia and WCC central committee member Reverend Taaroanui Maraea, President Major-General (Ret’s) Jioji Konrote, WCC General Secretary Reverend Olav Fykse Tveit, WCC programme executive for Mission and Evangelism Katalina Tahaafe-Williams and Methodist Church of Fiji Secretary for Communication Reverend James Bhagwan.

The President of Fiji Major-General (Retired) Jioji Konrote has called for the World Council of Churches to support Fiji’s presidency at the 23rd Conference of Parties (COP23).

Major-General (Ret’d) Konrote made the request during a courtesy call by the WCC General Secretary Reverend Olav Fykse Tveit on Friday.

Discussions of the two leaders included the integral role of spirituality in Fiji and the Pacific and how an authentic Fijian and Pacific voice on climate change would need to be articulated.

The Norwegian theologian shared with the President how the World Council of Churches, in particular the churches of the Pacific have been at the forefront of Climate Change and Climate Justice advocacy for the last three decades.

Reverend  Tveit met with the head of Fiji’s COP23 Secretariat, John Conner on Saturday to discuss more practical aspects of the WCC, Pacific and Fijian churches contribution to Bonn and beyond.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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