Fijian PM appeals to Australia to do away with coal

Fijian PM Voreqe Bainimarama and Pacific island leaders prepare for a photo session in Funafuti, Tuvalu, today. Picture: AQELA SUSU

FIJIAN Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has appealed to Fiji’s Pacific neighbouring country, Australia, to do everything possible to achieve a rapid transition from coal to energy sources that did not contribute to climate change.

While opening the Climate Change Sautalaga at the Hon.Dr.Sir Tomasi Puapua Conveniention Centre in Funafuti, Tuvalu, today, Mr Bainimarama said that transition should be just for “your own people and just for us here in the Pacific”.

“We face an existential threat that you don’t face and challenges we expect your governments and people to more fully appreciate,” he said.

The Sautalaga is similar to the Fijian Government’s Talanoa concept adopted at the COP23 Meeting in Bonn, Germany, in 2017.

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