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Fiji PM hails COP23 a success

November 18, 2017 7:18 pm

Prime Minister and COP23 President Voreqe Bainimarama has hailed the COP23 meeting in Bonn, Germany a success.

The main agenda issues of the COP23 meet were endorsed, despite the several hours of negotiations.

Bainimarama says there has been positive momentum in a number of areas and the task set out to be done has been achieved.

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“We have done the job we were given to do, which is to advance the implementation guidelines of the Paris Agreement and prepare for more ambitious action through the Talanoa Dialogue of 2018. We all leave Bonn having notched up some notable achievements, including our Ocean Pathway, the historic agreement on agriculture, an action plan on gender and a decision that benefits local communities and indigenous peoples. We have also secured more funding for climate adaptation and I am pleased to note that we have taken the important next step to ensure that the Adaptation Fund shall serve the Paris Agreement. We have also launched a global partnership to provide millions of climate-vulnerable people the world over with affordable access to insurance.”

UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa says the conference has delivered a launch-pad that can take us to the next stage of higher ambition.

She says it has also advanced the implementation guidelines of the Paris Agreement so that by 2018 it can truly support sustained international cooperation and national efforts to realize a more secure, prosperous and better world for all.

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