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Fiji committed to making 30% carbon reduction by 2030

The Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama told a media briefing in New York yesterday that Fiji is proud to have been the first country in the world to approve the ratification of the agreement and to lodge the ratification instruments. PM Bainimarama said that Fiji has committed to making a 30% reduction in carbon emissions […]

Nacanieli Tuilevuka

April 21, 2016 10:24 am

The Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama told a media briefing in New York yesterday that Fiji is proud to have been the first country in the world to approve the ratification of the agreement and to lodge the ratification instruments.

PM Bainimarama said that Fiji has committed to making a 30% reduction in carbon emissions by 2030.

“We’ve committed Fiji to making a 30 percent reduction in our carbon emissions by 2030. And as I pointed out in Paris, this is a huge commitment for a nation of our size and development. Because our own emissions are a minute proportion of the global output –0.004%.”

“We are committed to reducing that over the next 14 years by one-third, largely by boosting our use of renewable energy such as hydro and solar. So we intend to play our part even though we haven’t caused this crisis. Because we believe in the shared destiny of humanity and the shared responsibility of every nation to save our planet from the effects of global warming and climate change.”

Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama (Fiji Prime Minister) and Kyung-wha Kang (Assistant SG of Humanitarian Affairs) on the Implementation of the Paris Agreement - Press conference (United Nation).
Prime Minister, Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama and Assistant SG of Humanitarian Affairs Kyung-wha Kang on the Implementation of the Paris Agreement – Press conference (United Nations).

PM Bainimarama said we have agreed to achieve in Paris together is a positive first step.

“While we have set a 2-degree cap on carbon emissions as a benchmark, we must work towards reducing that cap further to 1.5 degrees Celsius over pre-industrial levels. This was a key plank of our Suva Declaration at the end of the last gathering of the Pacific Islands Development Forum in the Fijian capital.”

PM Bainimarama said  the world needs to take a step beyond the Paris agreement and to kerb carbon emissions that the scientists say are warming up our planet and causing these events

“The world has a moral obligation to us to confront this issue. To not only implement the Paris Agreement and stick to the undertakings that have been made. But to go beyond Paris and do more to curb the carbon emissions that the scientists say are warming up our planet and causing these events.”

“With such a small carbon footprint, countries such as ours – like many other small developing countries -need assistance and access to finance for adaptation measures as opposed to mitigation.”

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