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Poland Praises PM For Climate Change Work

Poland Praises PM For Climate Change Work
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres.Photo: DEPTFO NEWS
December 14
11:17 2018

Poland yesterday praised COP 23 Presi­dent and Prime Min­ister Voreqe Bainimarama for his contribution to the climate change battle.

The accolades came from Michel Kurtkya, COP24 president, at the end of the summit in Katowice, Po­land.

While co-chairing with Mr Kurtkya, Mr Bainimarama said that the event marked an important milestone in the collective efforts to com­bat climate change.

“The talanoa dialogue has created a space to share sto­ries and inspire action,” he said.

“Fiji is proud of the way you have embraced our tra­ditional way of talanoa. “I hope you agree that talanoa has introduced a new way to engage with each other, a new way to understand our interests and challeng­es and a new way to iden­tify solutions that will drive more action on the ground and move the global climate agenda decisively forward.”

Mr Bainimarama also launched Fiji’s National Adaptation Plan.

He said the plan was a comprehensive document emphasing a whole of econ­omy approach that aligns with Fiji’s National Climate Change Policy and other key strategies such as the National Disaster Risk Re­duction Policy, the the Cli­mate Vulnerability Assess­ment and Green Growth Framework.

“Above all, it places our adaptation strategy at the core of Fiji’s five and 20 year National Development Plan. So it is a holistic ap­proach to reducing risk and stresses the critical impor­tance of our response to the climate threat being as effi­cient as it can possibly be,” he said.

He acknowledged Dr Adri­an Fenton and the National Adaptation Plan Global Net­work for proving Fiji with the technical and financial support to develop this blueprint for Fiji’s adapta­tion efforts and the Canada government for their assis­tance with the project.

Copies of Fiji’s National Adaptation Plan will soon be available on https://www.econo­my.gov.fj

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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