Fiji PM calls on G20 nations to follow suit for net-zero carbon emissions by 2050
26 September, 2021, 10:01 am
Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has called on the global community to embrace Fiji’s vision of a better, greener, bluer and safer future for humanity.
While addressing the UN General Assembly PM Bainimarama delivered a challenge to developed countries to follow Fiji’s lead in legislating a net-zero carbon emissions target by 2050.
“While I wish to be with you in New York, I am beholden to Fiji’s shores for one of the most consequential parliamentary weeks in our history. This week, we passed a Climate Change Act that legally-binds Fiji to its commitment of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. The Act goes further, providing a legal framework for a carbon-neutral and climate-resilient Fiji by committing us to the 100% sustainable management of Fiji’s ocean and climate mitigation and adaptation through nature-based solutions,” said the Prime Minister.
“We want islands inhabited by citizens who stand with nature and not against it. We want sustainable economic growth that is powered by clean energy and protected from the impacts of climate change. We want robust and resilient health systems, and we want good jobs and income supported by a green and blue economy. To succeed, our vision must become the vision of humanity, because our fate is the world’s.”
Speaking in support of the Act in Fiji’s Parliament earlier this week, the Prime Minister stressed that every tonne of carbon emissions averted counts to stave off the worst of climate change.