Diplomacy

‘The time for excuses is over’, PM tells UN

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama warned of the existential threat of climate change and looked forward to the possibility of consensus at an upcoming UN climate conference in Paris. PM Bainimarama noted Fiji’s recent elections and encouraging advances in economic growth, primary and secondary schooling, infrastructure, roads, water and healthcare. He then turned his attention to the subject […]

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October 2, 2015 10:44 am

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama warned of the existential threat of climate change and looked forward to the possibility of consensus at an upcoming UN climate conference in Paris.

PM Bainimarama speaking the the UN General Assembly this week.  Photo: UN Media.
PM Bainimarama speaking the the UN General Assembly this week. Photo: UN Media.

PM Bainimarama noted Fiji’s recent elections and encouraging advances in economic growth, primary and secondary schooling, infrastructure, roads, water and healthcare.

He then turned his attention to the subject of climate change, noting that Pacific small island developing States (PSIDS) have “a unique perspective of the world to share with the international human rights community.”

Like our neighbours in the South Pacific and other SIDS, we see the bright future we have charted for ourselves dimmed by the prospect of climate change and sea-level rise.

Fiji has been outspoken in insisting that all nations do their duty, he said, with regard to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

It is simply not acceptable for advanced economies to build a high standard of living based on the degradation of the Earth and the seas. The time for excuses is over.

Mr. Bainimarama said he hoped for an acceptable outcome at the Paris climate change conference later this year, and called for an agreement of a temperature rise of not more than 1.5 degrees centigrade above pre-industrial levels, also noting that it should be legally binding for all parties.

We also call for the climate change adaptation measures to be 100 per cent grant financed.

He noted that, because of climate change, Fiji currently has plans to move 45 of its villages to higher ground, and also to settle people from other low-lying Pacific Island States.

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