Diplomacy

Bainimarama pushes climate agenda with British PM

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and British Prime Minister David Cameron met in London last Friday and agreed to work together to address the challenges of the modern global environment. The Climate Change issue was high on the agenda, and PM Bainimarama informed his British counterpart of the unique existential threats faced by Pacific Island countries due […]

Calvin Prasad

September 22, 2015 1:10 am

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and British Prime Minister David Cameron met in London last Friday and agreed to work together to address the challenges of the modern global environment.
The Climate Change issue was high on the agenda, and PM Bainimarama informed his British counterpart of the unique existential threats faced by Pacific Island countries due to sea level rise and severe weather conditions.

PM Cameron agreed that more needed to be done to restrict emission of CO2. The UK, he said, will work with the EU to encourage a progressive deal at the upcoming UN Climate Change Conference in Paris in December.

Prime Minister Cameron also highlighted the UK’s contribution to the Climate Financing mechanism to assist with mitigation and adaptation measures in the most affected SIDS.

Other discussions:

  • Visa issues, particularly the restrictions and associated costs preventing spouses and children of Fiji born British Army soldiers from settling in the UK.
  • PM Cameron said he will look into challenges faced by Fijians serving in the British Army.
  • PM Cameron suggested future discussion should focus on increasing trade and investment between the two countries.

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