PM Bainimarama says must continue to pressure large global polluters

Fiji's Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama delivers his keynote address at the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) event at COP26 in Glasgow on Wednesday, November 10, 2021. Picture: FIJIAN GOVERNMENT

Fiji will continue to have a strong presence at the Conference of Parties (COP)

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama stressed this while responding to the address by President Ratu Wiliame Katonivere during the opening of the Fijian Parliament last month.

Mr Bainimarama said countries must continue to pressure large global polluters to reduce their carbon emissions, increase their financial support for climate-vulnerable countries, and transfer technology for the solutions needed to build greater resilience and develop renewable energy sector.

“I see Fiji’s role in the fight against climate change as a defining commitment, much like our support for international peacekeeping,” Mr Bainimarama said.

“As a world knows us and appreciate us for our contributions to peacekeeping, it will also know and appreciate us for defending this planet and the people and flora and fauna that inhabit it,” he said.

Mr Bainimarama fully acknowledged their disappointment at some of the “shortcomings and compromises” at COP26 in Glasgow.

He said that was the nature of an international consensus-based agreement.

But he added that while some of the languages were weaker than we wanted, “we had a number of wins – big wins”.

“We procured a doubling of finance available for adaptation, with an agreement to independently monitor the commitment of developed countries to mobilise US$100million by 2023.

“That is already three years late, but we have the mechanism to hold their feet to the fire, so to speak.

“We resolved disagreements about carbon markets, and we agreed to scale up NDCs once again by 2022.”

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