Call to be involved

LEADERS should get personally involved in the negotiation and implementation process of the Paris Agreement, says France’s ambassador to Fiji, Michel Djokovic.

He says leaders should give a clear mandate to ne­gotiators to prevent negotiations from getting bogged down as happened in Copenhagen in 2009, which he added was made clear at the COP 21 meeting.

“The COP 21 held in Paris in December has been a historic success. We have secured an agreement which is universal, ambitious, dynamic, fair and as legally-binding as possible,” Mr Djokovic said.

While he acknowledged the “significant” contribution of small island states, individually or through bigger groups, he said the success of the Paris Agreement would depend on its implementation.

He said this year should be one of signing and ratification, precise and detailed action, provide monitoring mechanisms pre-2020 action and preparation for COP 22 in Marrakesh in November later this year.

He added they intended to work closely with their Moroccan friends through a series of formal and informal meetings.

Mr Djokovic noted the need for progress to be made in two vital sectors — air and maritime transport — not included in the Paris Agreement.

He said the agreement reached by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) on the standards for carbon emission for air transport providers was a positive step.

However, he said, this must be completed by an offset mechanism at the next meeting in September.

“On maritime transport, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) must begin similar work and, sure enough, the EU member states will provide a great support,” Mr Djokovic said.

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