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EU Commissioner echoes Fiji PM call for carbon cuts by larger economies

June 15, 2015 10:17 pm

The European Union’s Commissioner for International Co-operation and Development, Neven Mimica has echoed Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama’s call for major emitting countries to make a commitment to cutting carbon gas emissions in the lead up to the World Climate Summit in Paris in December.

Speaking at the 29th Session of the ACP EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly, Mimica says all parties should come forward with their intended nationally determined contributions to the binding cuts agreement as soon as possible.

He says strong rules are needed to ensure the accountability of all parties in holding to their commitments adding these should allow for regular review and strengthening of greenhouse gas reduction commitments over time.

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The EU and its 28 member countries have agreed to cut greenhouse gas emissions by least 40 percent by 2030.

Yesterday, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama described the industrialised countries that are refusing to sign up to the necessary cuts in carbon emissions as the coalition of the selfish.

He says there is no other way to describe their behaviour and they must be shamed into action.

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