When people talk about the importance of implementing the 2030 sustainable Development Goals, it’s very easy to see them as someone else’s agenda.
This was highlighted by the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama while launching UN Sustainable Developmental Goals Photo Exhibition.
Bainimarama says the importance of the exhibition is that it brings home to all of the Sustainable Development Goals to everyone living in vulnerable parts of the world such as Fiji.
The Prime Minister says that he is going to need all the collective strength Fiji and the Pacific can get to keep negotiations on track, to preserve the multilateral consensus for the implementation of the Paris Agreement for decisive action on climate change that was agreed at the end of 2015.
Bainimarama also revealed that he has been invited by President Macron of France to a special summit of global leaders, which will be held in Paris on December 12th to mark the second anniversary of the Paris Agreement.
As the incoming COP23 President, Bainimarama has also announced a photo competition specifically related to climate change.
He says that at COP23 in November, Fiji wants delegates to be confronted with powerful images of the impacts of climate change on our region and on our people.
The competition is for both professional and amateur photographers to submit photos that show the human and environmental impacts of climate change, and how individuals and groups are mobilising to counter this threat.
Participants must be over the age of 18 and reside in the Pacific.
The full details, including the rules of the competition, are available on the COP23 website.
Bainimarama has encouraged all those who are passionate about this issue, and have an interest in photography, to consider entering to help tell our stories to the world.
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