Fiji PM: Enough not done for climate-vulnerable nations

Fiji's Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama with Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) secretary general Fran├žois Martel at the UNGA in New York. Picture: SUPPLIED

“WHETHER you’re a small island State, or a large industrial power, we must all do more than our fair share if we are to avert climate catastrophe for our planet.”

These were the words of Fiji’s Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama during a meeting with Foreign Affairs ministers at the UN headquarters in New York this week.

Mr Bainimarama said greenhouse gas emissions could be reduced on a global scale, and countries had their own roles to play in that fight.

“I speak for every Fijian, every Pacific islander, and for the billions of climate-vulnerable people the world over when I say: we are not doing enough, we can and we must do more,” the Fijian Prime Minister said.

Fiji, he added had called for greater ambition in climate action plans from all countries through the talanoa dialogue, but that was not enough to tackle emissions alone.

“… We need to redirect resources to build resilience across climate-vulnerable economies.

“We must develop financing that helps vulnerable countries build resilience and introduces insurance mechanisms to protect people’s homes and businesses against climate-related disasters.”

More on this story in tomorrow’s edition of The Fiji Times.

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