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Pacific voice stronger than ever in climate negotiations

December 20, 2018 6:22 am

The voice of vulnerable Pacific nations that are directly affected by climate change is gaining strong and political attention at the global level.

This was highlighted by Fijian Ambassador to the European Union in Brussels, Ambassador Deo Saran.

Speaking at a climate conference in the United Kingdom cantered on the impact of climate change on Pacific states, Saran says Fiji’s own presidency of the COP, has steered climate discussions towards realizing the vulnerability of these States and placing this issue prominently on the global agenda.

He says Pacific island states are in a stronger position than ever with regard to the negotiations over climate change with our voice getting stronger and our influence is growing.

The ambassador says after 25 years, Pacific islands are at the forefront of the discussions as the risk we face were laid bare as never before.

This event brought together approximately 60 senior Pacific and international leaders, diplomats, policy makers, experts, practitioners, academics and civil society representatives from the Pacific, New Zealand and the UK.