19th July 06:07 AM
We are determined to make a big success presiding over COP23 - PM
By Lena Reece
Thursday 10/08/2017
PM Voreqe Bainimarama with the former President of COP20, Manuel Pulgar-Vidal of Peru (Photo: Fijian Government).

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has stressed that the world should be left in no doubt that while Fiji may be small, we are determined to make a big success presiding over COP23 and in the fight against Climate Change.

While speaking at a two day review of Fiji’s preparations for COP23 attended by a high level international delegation Bainimarama reiterated that time is moving on and we now have just three months till COP23 gets underway.

He says that Team Fiji wants more action all over the world and at all levels of government and that is why he is helping to build the Grand Coalition, because national governments alone will not fix this.

Bainimarama also highlighted that there is twelve weeks until Fiji's formal Presidency begins for what will be a little over 12 months until we hand over that responsibility to Poland.

He adds that this week is about continuing to build a great team, setting priorities, simplifying objectives and being clear about how we will leave behind a worthwhile legacy from our presidency.

Bainimarama also stressed that the paramount objective, is to keep global warming to well below 2 degrees and to pursue efforts to limit warming to 1.5 degrees.

The Prime Minister says that encouraging and enabling an effort by the global community to stay within 1.5 degrees must be our mission, however hard that appears to be as it is of the utmost importance to us, our people, our economies and our environment and is vitally important for the rest of the Pacific and every vulnerable community, wherever they live in the world.

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