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Opening the Talanoa dialogue event at the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco today – Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has urged world leaders to listen and act now.
Bainimarama told delegates to implement the ideas they have gathered, on behalf of the 7.5 billion people who call this planet home.
He says the Pacific way of story-telling, the Talanoa Dialogue, brings the horrific tales from the islands and allows leaders to understand how they can be more ambitious in collective responses to climate change.
The COP23 President told the leaders the idea behind the dialogues are to swap best practices and canvass ways of raising our collective ambition.
Bainimarama says this platform sets the groundwork for when political leaders will meet at COP24 in December, so they are able to signal their commitment to stepping up ambition.
“We must get the message out loud and clear that our current Nationally Determined Contributions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions made under the Paris Agreement fall far short of the target of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above that of the pre-industrial age.
“Part of the reason for this is because many NDCs do not incorporate the best ideas and solutions that are being implemented at the sub-national level. This needs to change, and in this regard, I’m encouraged by many of the steps being taken here in San Francisco this week.
“the whole idea of the Talanoa Dialogues – here and all over the world since May and in the months ahead - is to swap best practices and canvass ways of raising our collective ambition. To lay the groundwork so that when political leaders gather at COP24 this December, they are able to signal their commitment to stepping up ambition,” said PM Bainimarama.
He said a commitment that by the time the nations of the world convene again in New York next September for the UN summit to review the progress made since Paris, the existing NDCs are revised resolutely upwards.
“Now, more than ever, we must shift the current global debate to the opportunities that will flow with imagination, ingenuity and political will. And create an unstoppable force for change,” he said.
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