PM Bainimarama appeals to world leaders for necessary political will

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama. Picture: FT FILE

AS Fiji prepares to hand over the COP23 presidency to Poland next week, Prime Minister and COP23 president Voreqe Bainimarama has appealed to world leaders to demonstrate the necessary political will to raise ambition and action to the level required to meet the climate threat and achieve net zero emissions by 2050 at the latest.

While speaking to world leaders and panellists during the “Talanoa Talks” in London yesterday, Mr Bainimarama said not only did world leaders needed to be much more ambitious in reducing greenhouse gas emissions to cap the rise in the average global temperature at 1.5C more than the pre-industrial age, the most ambitious target of the Paris Agreement, there was also a need to be much more ambitious in raising the many billions of dollars needed to finance climate action and adaptation for the most vulnerable.

“And much more ambitious in continuing to develop alternative clean technologies and making them more affordable and accessible throughout the world,” he said.

“Fiji intends to continue to lead that push for more ambition even after we formally surrender the COP presidency next week.

“To keep being a voice for decisive climate action not only for ourselves, but vulnerable people everywhere.

“And we also intend to keep leading by example, demonstrating to the world that the size of any nation is no impediment to making a significant impact in the climate struggle.”

Mr Bainimarama reiterated that he was proud that Fiji and its Pacific neighbour, the Marshall Islands, had become the first two nations to commit to raising the ambition of our nationally determined contributions (NDCs) by 2020 and to reach net zero emissions by mid-century.

“We are appealing to all nations to do the same; a call to action from the Pacific on behalf of some of the most vulnerable people on earth.

“If we can do it, so can you.”

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