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PM Reaffirms Climate Change Commitment

He said never before had there been greater clarity about the scale and urgency of the action we needed to take.
30 Mar 2019 10:42
PM Reaffirms Climate Change Commitment
From left to right; Ms Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama, President of COP 24 Mr Michał Kurtyka, and President-designate of COP 25 and Minister of the Environment in Chile Ms Carolina Schmidt during their discussions at the United Nations headquarters in New York.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has reaffirmed Fiji’s commitment to continue to press for the most ambitious climate change action.

He was speaking in New York at the Intervention 2 of the Climate Change meetings.

He said never before had there been greater clarity about the scale and urgency of the action we needed to take.

He said Fiji was calling to transform the  words of the Talanoa Dialogue into higher ambition and concrete actions from every nation on earth.

He said when he talked about “faster and deeper actions” he meant they required an unprecedented level of innovative, creative and cooperative problem solving.

“But the simple truth is this: average global temperatures are already at one degree above pre-industrial levels.

Warming of 1.5 degrees will lock in impacts worse than those we are already experiencing today, and warming of 2 degrees will be significantly worse than that.

Unfortunately, as we gather here today, the collective ambition of our NDCs, puts us on track for at least three degrees of warming above pre- industrial levels – a nightmare scenario for the planet that cannot be allowed to come to pass,” he said.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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