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Prime Minister : Let Us Build On A Proud Climate Change Legacy

Mr Bainimarama said what set this CAPP event apart from years prior was the collective recognition that the deadly impacts of climate change had intensified into a full-blown crisis, the likes of which humanity had never before seen.
15 May 2019 14:36
Prime Minister : Let Us Build On A Proud Climate Change Legacy
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama with his Samoan counterpart Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva on May 14, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar

A meeting of Pacific leaders in Suva has been told that its outcomes have given hope that solutions were within grasp and they could build on a proud legacy of Pacific leadership in confronting the realities of climate change

The comment came from Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama while closing the Climate Action Partnership Conference (CAPP III) at the Grand Pacific Hotel (GPH) in Suva yesterday.

Mr Bainimarama said what set this CAPP event apart from years prior was the collective recognition that the deadly impacts of climate change had intensified into a full-blown crisis, the likes of which humanity had never before seen.

“It is a climate crisis. It is an ocean crisis. It is the defining crisis of our time. And if we do not take action, that crisis will soon escalate into chaos, that will consume the entire world,” he said.

Meanwhile, he said, the response from the collective community of nations had hardly kept pace with this rapidly-worsening reality.

Almost no nation, he said, and that was particular true for the major economies – had Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) that were aligned with the goals of the Paris Agreement.

He said meeting their commitments could only be achieved with increased ambition across global NDCs in pursuit of the 1.5 degrees target.

According to Mr Bainimarama 2050 was the absolute latest possible deadline, and they heard from the Marshall Islands on the importance of having long-term 2050 decarbonisation strategies to ensure they do not fall short of that goal.

Fiji, with the Marshall Islands, Samoa, Vanuatu and Solomon Islands and Tuvalu, he said had agreed to work together to reduce fossil fuel use in their marine transportation by up to 40 per cent by 2030 and 100 per cent by 2050.

He said everyone must understand what they were up against and every nation must take action in response.

From today onwards, on to New York and then onto Chile, he urged them to carry this call to action.

”Let us keep doing the work we know must be done and let us continue to forge global solutions driven by Pacific energy, Pacific commitment and Pacific effort,” Mr Bainimarama said.

The Cook Islands will host next year’s Climate Action Partnership Conference (CAPP).

Edited by Epineri Vula

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