Fiji calls for legally binding climate change agreement

October 4, 2013 1:14 am

Fiji envisages a clear, predictable, flexible and legally binding agreement on climate change based on common rules-based system says Foreign Minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola.

He made the comment at the Ministerial Consultations on Climate Change in Warsaw, Poland.

At the meeting, Ratu Inoke conveyed the Fijian Government’s views on the scope, core functions and possible elements of the new 2015 Agreement.

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The ministerial meeting enabled major players in the international climate change negotiations to consult and strategize on the way forward towards the formulation of a new legally binding agreement on climate change, which is planned to be adopted in 2015.

Fiji also attended the ministerial meeting as Chair of the Group of 77.

In that capacity Fiji will be playing a pivotal role at the COP meeting this year in ensuring that the interests of all developing countries are effectively advanced at the meeting.

The ministerial meeting was held about a month away from the 19th Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP), which Poland will also host in Warsaw.

The outcome of this week’s ministerial meeting will also guide Poland in chairing the COP over the next year.

Next month all the countries are expected to further negotiate and agree on concrete steps that have to be taken to ensure that the agreement will be adopted in 2015 during the 21st Session of COP in Paris, France.