FIJIFIRST LEADER PRAISED FOR ROLE AS COP23 PRESIDENT
We have changed from a country which relied on handouts under the old, failed and corrupt governments, Many of who sit in Opposition today, to becoming a strong economy, and a global leader in the fight against climate change.
This is why we are the first ever small island nation to hold COP Presidency.
Parties are currently discussing the pathway to implementing the Paris Agreement which comes into force in 2020.
COP 23 President Voreqe Bainimarama, who attended the 9th Petersburg Climate Dialogue in Berlin, Germany and the Ministerial on Climate Action (MoCA) in Brussels, Belgium, has been commended for his role.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, speaking at the Petersberg Dialogue, thanked Prime Minister Bainimarama for everything he has done for the climate agreement.
“Last year, Fiji took the Presidency and from this Presidency the Talanoa Dialogue was created. This dialogue stands for a process that is very common in the whole Pacific area, about finding common ground rather than opposition,” Chancellor Merkel said.
“This makes it easier to build mutual trust and it allows us to work ambitiously to implement the Paris Agreement and apply different methodology. We Europeans like to be in opposition and take firm stance so it is helpful to us to adopt this new approach.”
Poland’s Deputy Minister of State and COP24 president-designate Michal Kurtyka praised the Fijian presidency for bringing talanoa into the UN climate negotiations “where there is no finger pointing but FRANK discussions”.
Australia’s Ambassador for Environment Patrick Suckling, while thanking Prime Minister Bainimarama for his presence at the Petersberg Climate Dialogue, expressed similar sentiments as he commended Fiji’s leadership of the COP23.
Marshall Islands Minister for Environment David Paul said it was great to have support from another Pacific island state as Marshall Island sees Fiji as Pacific brothers.
United Kingdom’s Head of International Climate Change Negotiations, EU and Carbon Markets, Archibald Young said Fiji should be proud for bringing the Talanoa Dialogue into negotiations and urged that the momentum created to be maintained.
Source: Fijian Government.