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Marshall Islands Praise Fiji For Setting Successful Course

The Marshall Islands has applauded Fiji for successfully setting the course towards an increase in global ambition by 2020. Minister-in-Assistance to the President and Environment Minister for Republic of the
19 Nov 2017 16:23
Marshall Islands Praise Fiji For Setting Successful Course
The Mayor of Bonn, Ashok Sridharan, getting into the Fijian rythm during the Fijian Drua handover in Bonn, Germany. On the far right is the head of the Fijian delegation, Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.

The Marshall Islands has applauded Fiji for successfully setting the course towards an increase in global ambition by 2020.

Minister-in-Assistance to the President and Environment Minister for Republic of the Marshall Islands David Paul said that while Fiji had done well, it would take a lot more work to get there.

The Marshall Islands is one of the first of many participating countries at the COP23 summit to issue a statement as the summit concluded.

“Our Pacific cousins from Fiji have successfully set the course towards an increase in global ambition by 2020, but it will take a lot more work for us to get there,” Mr Paul said.

“We will now need to seize the opportunity of the Talanoa Dialogue next year, and a number of big political moments to come, if my country is to have a pathway to survival.

“This means keeping global temperature increases within 1.5 degrees Celsius, otherwise no country will be immune.”

Mr Paul said COP23 had shown that the world remained firmly committed to climate action.

“In the last two weeks we have seen support grow for the Paris Agreement, the triggering of the entry into force of the Kigali Amendment in 2019, the forging of a landmark new alliance to phase-out coal, and a big push on the Doha Amendment,” he said.

Mr Paul also commended the French President, Emmanuel Macron’s Summit next month, which would provide an opportunity for world leaders to begin to signal their commitment to doing more to reduce emissions.

“In addition to the Talanoa Dialogue process, 2018 will also see the California Summit and the publication of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change”

(IPCC) Special Report on 1.5 degrees

He said the United Nations Secretary-General’s Summit in 2019 will be the key political moment on the pathway to raising ambition in 2020 and must focus on that as its objective.

“The people of Marshall Islands are counting on this. We will not let them down,” Mr Paul said.

Edited by Naisa Koroi



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