By Pita Ligaiula at COP28 in Dubai, UAE
Fiji’s Ambassador to Indonesia and lead climate change negotiator, Amena Yauvoli, Friday laid out the priorities for Fiji as the COP28 negotiations enter their final stages.
In a media interview, Ambassador Yauvoli stressed the broad nature of Fiji’s concerns, with everything deemed a priority from their perspective.
“See from the Fijian perspective, everything is a priority for us. That’s why we have quite a number of negotiators helping me over these issues together moving forward,” Ambassador Yauvoli said.
He emphasised the importance of addressing a wide range of issues, including the 1.5-degree target, gender considerations, and financial matters.
While acknowledging progress in finance, Ambassador Yauvoli urged other areas to catch up to ensure a balanced and reflective outcome.
“From the Fijian side, that is the message: everything is a priority for us. Nothing is agreed until everything is agreed,” he stressed.
He cautioned his team to be prepared for back loading – negotiations in the early hours of Wednesday morning – and advised readiness to assist in case of text changes.
Acknowledging the difficulty of the issues at hand and the progressing nature of negotiations, Ambassador Yauvoli stressed the need for mutual support among team members.
“We really need to support each other going forward from here,” he said.
Ambassador Yauvoli emphasised the united effort required in the final days of COP28 to ensure a balanced and all – inclusive outcome that addresses Fiji’s concerns and priorities.