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Fijian Prime Minister and COP23 President Voreqe Bainimarama has called on delegates in Bonn, Germany to work together to enhance ambitious climate action.
Summing up week one of the deliberations, Bainimarama expressed his satisfaction that progress in talks were going well, however he reiterated that everyone needed to play their part.
“We are all in the same canoe, no one is immune to climate change and we must focus not on our differences but the absolute imperative to move this process forward, we need unity throughout.”
COP23 Climate Champion and Minister for National Disaster Management Inia Seruiratu noted the importance of an inclusive approach at the climate talks.
“To see the role that the non-party stakeholders are undertaking in terms of their contribution towards the reduction in global warming and of course contributing to the implementation of the Paris Agreement,” he said.
Fiji’s COP23 Chief Negotiator and Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva – Ambassador Nazhat Shameem Khan explained the importance of the facilitative dialogue going forward in the climate talks in Bonn.
Khan was responding to a question on whether they would be a review of the commitments on National Determined Contributions and the 1.5 versus 2 degrees Celsius global temperatures.
“The facilitative dialogue as it was mandated was to inform the next round of NDCs and so this is a most important process for the world and this is why we have introduced to the global community the methodology of Talanoa because we think in this conversation about where we’re all heading, this journey we’re all taking, the journey is as important as the destination.”
Ambassador Khan said while there are challenges ahead in reaching a consensus on the issues, there has already been solid commitments such as the Gender Action Plan which looks at the role of women in climate action.
The COP23 meeting will conclude this Friday after two weeks of talks.
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