‘Talanoa’ dialogue bringing stakeholders together

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama with students from various secondary schools in the country during the University of the South Pacific Open Day at the Laucala campus in Suva on Friday, July 27, 2018. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

FIJI has introduced the Pacific-wide concept of Talanoa on the global stage as a new way to drive the implementation of the Paris Agreement.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama highlighted this during the University of the South Pacific’s open day celebrations held at their Laucala campus today.

He said this comes after the concept was launched as part of the 23rd Conference of the Parties Presidency.

“Some of you may know, we’re hosting our Climate Action Pacific Partnership Conference in Suva at the moment, and I’ll be headed back there after my remarks today. That Conference is a pillar of our Presidency of the global climate change negotiations, or COP23,” Mr Bainimarama said.

“Leaders from around the Pacific are here to take part in a “Pacific Talanoa”, our regional contribution to the global Talanoa Dialogue. I know that means a great deal here at USP, as that same spirit of Pacific cooperation forms the very core of your institution’s own educational mission.”

He said through this inclusive, participatory and transparent style of Talanoa were bringing stakeholders together.

“We’re bringing together governments, businesses, investors, civil society and ordinary citizens to call for even greater ambition from every nation on earth — ambition we need if we are to spare our planet from the worst effects of our changing climate,” he said.

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