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German Diplomat Praises Fiji’s Role In Cop23

“The COP23 was a chance and a well taken one to make Pacific issues global issues,” Mr Thiedemann said.
23 Apr 2019 11:56
German Diplomat Praises Fiji’s Role In Cop23
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama received a courtesy call from Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany, His Excellency Gerhard Thiedemann.

A top German diplomat has praised Fiji’s presidency of COP23, saying the country set the example for others to follow on an issue of global significance.

The outgoing Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany, Ger­hard Thiedemann, made this state­ment after his three-year term ended last week.

Mr Thiedemann served as the Ger­man Ambassador to seven Pacific Island countries: New Zealand, Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Kiribati and the Cook Islands..

COP 23

Mr Thiedemann said Fiji’s co-oper­ation with Germany through COP23 had been the cornerstone of the re­gion.

He added that Fiji made a big im­pact during the COP23 and he was happy to be a part of it.

“The COP23 was a chance and a well taken one to make Pacific issues global issues,” Mr Thiedemann said.

“COP23 was a positive cornerstone for global climate politics and we can really see that as a success story of Fijian-German cooperation.

“COP23 was only a couple of days, what came before and after had the influence over Fiji and the Pacific.”

Fiji’s presidency

Fiji presided over the COP23 in Bonn, Germany, from November 6 to 17, 2017.

COP 23 formally known as the 23rd Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Conven­tion on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

The UNFCCC was adopted in 1992 at the Rio Earth Summit, which marked the beginning of the inter­national community’s first concert­ed effort to confront climate change.

In an earlier statement, Prime Min­ister Voreqe Bainimarama high­lighted the high ambition for climate action that Fiji has promoted as COP23 President to continue under the COP24 Presidency of Poland.

Mr Thiedemann added Fiji has con­tinued to show its support by voting Germany as a non-permanent mem­ber of the United Nations Security Council for the 2019-20 terms.

This is the sixth time that the coun­try has assumed major responsibil­ity for peace and security in this function.

“We are happy that the Fijian gov­ernment voted for us, because it is not always about assistance, but we also enjoy collaboration on a high-level approach,” he said.

“It was an effort that will dominate the 21st Century and the upcoming generation.

“Every Government has a broader responsibility and I have the impres­sion that the Fijian and German Gov­ernments is quite aware of that.”

Mr Thiedemann said he was leav­ing with a heavy heart, knowing that Fijian-German relations had further strengthened through his three-year term.

“This is my first time in the South Pacific and I have learned a lot along the way,” he said.

“I have had the advantage to travel to Kadavu, where the German aid provided the solar power to commu­nity halls.

“I will miss the friendliness of the people and the way things are done differently.”

Edited by Epineri Vula

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