Urgent need for ambitious emissions reductions – PM Rabuka

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Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka welcomed at the 78th session of the UN General Assembly in New York. Picture: FIJI GOVERNMENT

There is an urgent need for ambitious emissions reduction targets and a just transition to renewables.

Fiji’s Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka made the comment as he expressed gratitude for the invitation for Fiji to attend the Climate Ambition Summit.

“As we approach COP28, it is imperative that we halt oil and gas expansion and unite to address the urgent climate crisis,” Mr Rabuka was quoted as saying in a government statement.

“COP28 offers an opportunity to reassess our progress since the 2015 Paris Agreement and ensure that no one is left behind,” he added.

Mr Rabuka assured the United Nations of Fiji’s unwavering support for climate justice and the reform of international financial institutions and multilateral development banks to accelerate the transition from fossil fuels and enhance adaptation efforts.

He called for strengthened international cooperation and a paradigm shift in addressing global challenges.

Mr Rabuka also assured the UN of Fiji’s steadfast support in its mission, “and we hope for global cooperation driven by the values we all pledged to uphold when we joined this esteemed body”.