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Fiji's Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama is calling on Pacific Island countries to re-double efforts, unite more closely, and set an example for the world for the goal to limit temperature rise to 1.5 degrees.
He made this urgent call during his opening address this morning at the Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) summit in Honiara,Solomon Islands.
“The goal to limit temperature rise to a 1.5 degree seems very difficult to achieve under the current predictions, so our mission is more urgent than ever,” he said.
Bainimarama said that during the last summit,the forum produced the Suva Declaration, which became the Pacific-island appeal to the world's conscience.
“That appeal came with our demand - that we would take on our shoulders more than our fair share of the burden of arresting global warming, but that temperature rise must be limited to one-and-a-half degrees centigrade, because a two-degree limit was inadequate and unacceptable,” he said.
Meanwhile, Fiji will co-host with Sweden the World Conference on Seas and Oceans in June next year.
Bainimarama said during the summit, there would be vigorous discussion on the very lifeblood of the Pacific region.
“The ocean that weaves our islands together, the ocean that our ancestors sailed to reach our shores, that feeds us, that sustains our economies and is part of our culture.
“Our oceans are threatened, and with them all the life that depends on them. We must take action now, for ourselves and for our children's children.”
Bainimarama said this year's leaders summit was significant because the Chair would pass from Fiji to Solomon Islands, the first country to hold the chair besides Fiji.
SOURCE: FIJI TIMES/PACNEWS
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