Climate dialogue outcome to boost willpower

Pacific leaders during the opening of the Climate Action Pacific Partnership confrence at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva yesterday. Picture: ATU RASEA

THE outcome of Fiji’s Talanoa Dialogue is expected to boost the willpower of countries to keep the increase in global average temperature to well below 1.5 degrees Celsius as agreed in the Paris Agreement.

That’s the view of Fiji’s chief negotiator for COP23 Luke Daunivalu, as the second Climate Action Pacific Partnership Conference at Suva’s Grand Pacific Hotel came to an end yesterday.

Mr Daunivalu said the Talanoa Dialogue would capture political preparedness for climate negotiations at COP24 in Poland in December.

He said the current Talanoa Dialogue was about talking through issues and identifying the solutions for the climate change-vulnerable Pacific.

Mr Daunivalu said the structure of the dialogue focused on the current state of the issues, where we want to go from the current state and how.

He said so far, 500 countries had made their submissions and the Pacific leaders talanoa would be included in the Talanoa Dialogue Portal of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Also speaking at the conference yesterday, Fiji Meteorological Service director Ravin Kumar said Fiji and the region was experiencing more hotter days and colder nights.

Mr Kumar said because of the changing weather patterns, Fiji recently received 60 to 70 millilitres of rainfall in an hour and Category 5 cyclones had become an annual event.

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