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Bainimarama and Cameron discuss climate change

September 20, 2015 7:43 pm

Climate change was high on the agenda of a meeting the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and his British counterpart David Cameron in London on Friday.

Bainimarama informed his British counterpart of the unique existential threats faced by Pacific Island countries due to sea level rise and severe weather conditions.

UK Prime Minister David Cameron agrees that more needs to be done to bring about a legally binding convention restricting the emission of Carbon dioxide.

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The UK, he says, will work with the EU to encourage other big global emitters to agree to a progressive deal at the upcoming UN Climate Change Conference in Paris in December.

Cameron also highlighted the UK’s contribution to the Climate Financing mechanism to assist with mitigation and adaptation measures in the most affected SIDS.

The leaders acknowledged the strong historical links that exist between Fiji and Great Britain and how to use them as a platform to build a stronger partnership.

Visa issues were also discussed – particularly the restrictions and associated costs preventing spouses and children of Fiji born British Army soldiers from settling in the UK.

Cameron says he will look into the issue. He also acknowledged the immense contributions and sacrifices made by Fijians serving in the British Army.

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