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The voice of the islands in Paris

Keresi Nauwakarawa
Thursday, November 26, 2015

FIJI is committed to ensuring strong support from the overseas community by limiting the temperature increase to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

In a government statement the Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama, reiterated this urgency while addressing the 102nd session of the Council of Ministers of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States in Brussels yesterday.

"The Pacific Island nations are going to Paris next week with what we have called the Suva Declaration, a position we agreed on at a summit in the Fijian capital of members of the PIDF — the Pacific Islands Development Forum," said Mr Bainimarama.

"This declaration calls on the global community to adopt legally binding measures to cap global warming at 1.5 per cent above pre-industrial levels instead of the two per cent that is currently envisaged. And we are asking every nation, including our ACP partners, to support this measure as the only viable way to stave off catastrophe.

"We haven't caused this crisis. They have. In fact, Fiji's contribution to carbon emissions is a 0.004 per cent. Yet we are still willing to play our part. To cut this tiny amount by 30 per cent by 2030, almost entirely by embracing sustainable energy sources and reducing our use of fossil fuels to just one per cent."

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