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With only 12 weeks before Fiji takes over the Presidency of COP23, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama is set to consolidate his team of local and international expertise to manage the level of technical detail involved in the process.
Building a credible “Team Fiji’ is what the Fijian Prime Minister is finalising in Suva this week.
“As President, I must take responsibility for the high level politics that govern this entire process. To meet and understand the positions of the key political actors, to build confidence and to anticipate and ward off any threats to success, PM Bainimarama told a high level meeting in Suva today.
He said he wants to show the world that, ‘while Fiji may be small, we are determined to make a big success of this process because Fiji and other nations are fighting for our prosperity and in some cases, our very survival.’
The Fijian PM maintains that his Presidency will be directed by two clear goals – to keep global warming to well below 2 degrees and to pursue efforts to limit warming to 1.5 degree – two important commitments of Pacific Leaders.
Bainimarama said Fiji is working on building a Grand Coalition to push the Paris Agreement forward – ‘because national governments alone will not fix this.’
One of the priorities of his presidency will be facilitative dialogue.
“The reason why the facilitative dialogue matters to us is not just because it is our duty to the design work this year but because we believe it is the best way to get governments to raise their ambition.
He revealed that Team Fiji is structured in such way that he will lead the political process and Ambassador Nazhat Shameem Khan will be Fiji’s lead negotiator, conducting detailed negotiations at COP23. Climate Champion, Inia Seruiratu will be assisting the Prime Minister in building the Grand Coalition in the action agenda. Fiji’s Attorney General and Minister responsible for Climate Change, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum will lead
Fiji’s delegation and Pacific Region Representative, Ambassador Amena Yauvoli will make sure Pacific countries are informed about Fiji’s presidency of COP23.
Fiji will take over the Presidency of COP23 in November when more than 190 member countries of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) meet in Bonn for their annual negotiations….
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