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PM signs Fiji’s Instrument of Ratification of the Paris agreement

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama yesterday signed Fiji’s Instrument of Ratification of the Paris Agreement. Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama said that this is a historic occasion for Fiji as we take a positive step towards implementing the landmark Paris Agreement adopted last year. It is vital that every nation also join us in taking this step […]

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April 1, 2016 10:52 am

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama yesterday signed Fiji’s Instrument of Ratification of the Paris Agreement.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama said that this is a historic occasion for Fiji as we take a positive step towards implementing the landmark Paris Agreement adopted last year.

It is vital that every nation also join us in taking this step to demonstrate their commitment to this agreement so we can diminish the serious threat climate change continues to pose to Small Island and developing states around the globe.

Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama signing Fiji's instrument for the Paris Agreement at his office in Suva today. (DEPFTO)
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama signing Fiji’s instrument for the Paris Agreement at his office in Suva today. (DEPFTO)

PM Bainimarama added that the recent arrival of Tropical Cyclone Winston was an example of the severe and devastating impact of climate change.

The devastation caused by Tropical Cyclone Winston has resulted in over $1 billion in damage and has made the ratification of this agreement more pressing than ever. The international community urgently needs to rally behind the Paris Agreement so that we can combat the root causes of climate change and boost our resistance to future natural disasters.

The Instrument of Ratification reaffirms Fiji’s commitment to combatting the root causes of climate change and is being transmitted to New York ahead of the high-level signing ceremony to be held by the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon, on April 22, 2016.

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