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People First In Climate Action: Bainimarama

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama says it is fitting that they have a high level event in Bonn, Germany integrating human rights in climate action. “It reminds us that our work
18 Nov 2017 13:20
People First In Climate Action: Bainimarama

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama says it is fitting that they have a high level event in Bonn, Germany integrating human rights in climate action.

“It reminds us that our work in responding to climate change must put people first, must be fair and just and must enable a transition towards a better way of living,” he said.

“It’s clear that climate change poses a threat to lives, livelihoods and peace and security. Climate change amplifies conflicts between peoples. It accentuates the gap between rich and poor. And if left unchecked, it creates misery and human suffering.

“We have too many examples already of distressed and dislocated people, of dispossessed and disadvantaged communities from the consequences of climate change.

“Human rights are universal. In all legal systems, they protect the weak against the strong. And they offer hope for those most vulnerable.

“Rights arguments are now being pursued in courts all around the world to safeguard the interests of present and future generations and to call to account those who abuse their power by causing harm to our atmosphere.”

“These cases are complex and their outcomes are uncertain. But the essential truth is that future generations – our young and those to come – have an interest in what we decide to do about climate change today.”

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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