Schwarzenegger thanks Bainimarama for ‘Talanoa’ dialogue

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(L-R) Fijian Ambassador to the U.S Solo Mara, Arnold Schwarzenegger and singer and philanthropist Akon. Picture: SUPPLIED

ARNOLD Schwarzenegger thanked the Prime Minister and COP23 President, Voreqe Bainimarama for having the Talanoa Dialogue be part of COP23.

The former California Governor had convened a meeting last week which brought together key actors and thought leaders to focus on the impact of sub-national financial systems, and to consider how joint public/private financing can support low-carbon and climate resilient infrastructure in developing nations.

“Thank you very much Prime Minister Bainimarama for having this be part of COP23 and he has been an extraordinary leader; I’ve met him in Paris and we really love his energy that he brings to this whole environmental movement,” Mr  Schwarzenegger said.

Participants at the Talanoa session include Mr Bainimarama (via satellite link), singer and philanthropist Akon, San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, Fijian Ambassador to the U.S Solo Mara, former California State Senator Fran Pavley, LACI CEO Matt Petersen, CEO of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, Terry Tamminen, Commissioner California Energy Commission, David Hochschild, Founder of the Global Environment Project Institute, Rampa Hormel, Climate Policy Initiative Executive Director Barbara Buchner and many others.