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Resilience and unity

Rajnesh Ishwar Lingam, Nadawa, Nasinu
Wednesday, November 01, 2017

While the Drua is synonymous to our provincial rugby team taking part in the NRC and seen as a canoe by many, it has taken centre stage as we countdown hours to the Bonn COP23 Conference to be chaired by our own PM.

The Drua symbolises resilience and unity and illustrates the vulnerability of small Pacific Island nations. Not many in Germany or around the world would have heard or actually seen the Pacific Islands, but this year's COP23 Conference is bound to make some noise and ensure that the voices and plight of Pacific Islanders are heard.

PM Bainimarama was farewelled in an emotional and heart touching Fijian way last week and Fiji will be represented by quite a number of intellectuals.

Ever since taking the presidency role, PM Bainimarama has been vocal locally and abroad advocating the impact of climate change not only on Fiji, but on the Pacific and its low-lying islands as well.

While some may not bother, thinking that climate change is hoax, others, whose livelihood depends on the vast ocean, will pray that concrete solutions are embarked upon to reduce the effect of rise in sea level.

It is time developed nations support their counterparts and provided them with moral and financial support. Bainimarama said the Drua symbolised the fact that when it came to climate change we were all in the same canoe. The Pacific is already experiencing rising sea levels and intense storms.

Finally, I conclude with the words of Nick Nuttall (director Communications at UN Climate Change) that "we need COP23 to accelerate climate action and the meeting is a staging post on our irreversible path to a low-carbon future, a path that we need to go further, faster, together".

I wish Mr Bainimarama and his able team all the best for the Bonn 2017 COP23 UN Climate Change Conference.

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