1.5 degrees Celsius goal possible: PM Bainimarama

COP 23 President and Fiji's Prime Minister Voreqe Baimarama speaking during the opening of the Climate Action Pacific Partnership confrence at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva yesterday.Picture ATU RASEA

KEEPING the increase in global average temperature to well below 1.5 degrees Celsius is possible.

That was the message from Prime Minister and COP23 president Voreqe Bainimarama as the second Climate Action Pacific Partnership Conference came to an end in Suva yesterday.

Mr Bainimarama said the two-day conference highlighted that Pacific Islanders were made of “strong stuff” and were ready to battle the effects of climate change.

He said he had confidence in the Pacific Islanders to confront the challenges brought about by climate change.

Mr Bainimarama said the conference, an exchange of experiences and ideas, had showed the world that the political will existed to meet the Paris Agreement.

He said what needed to be done now was for the countries to increase their nationally determined contributions and take big steps to control carbon emissions.

Fiji’s high-level climate champion Inia Seruiratu said through the conference, the region was better organised, work programs had been organised and were to be rolled out soon, and the establishment of the NDC hub and the preparatory work set out before COP24 in Poland.

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