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PM tells industrial nations to accept responsibility

December 1, 2015 5:58 pm

The industrialized nations must accept their responsibility to bear much of the financial burden that less developed nations will gain.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama reminded leaders of industrial countries that this is a result of the impact of their carbon emissions on our economies, societies and our very own ecosystems.

Bainimarama has appealed to the industrial countries to drastically reduce their emissions and requested them to dig deep into their pockets to assist the affected island nations.

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The Prime Minister adds it’s critical that the Green Climate Fund be effectively funded and has requested the wealthier nations to make this commitment in Paris.

“We need the assistance of the global economy; we therefore urge industrialized nations to make deep and urgent green house gas emission cuts. Countries in a position to do so should generally contribute to climate finance that’s both accessible to small island developing states and vulnerable states as defined under the convention. We also call for the immediate capitalizing of’ the green climate fund to not only meet the needs of the developing countries but to help the world transition to a cleaner and sustainable future.”

Bainimarama has conveyed Fiji’s appreciation to its Commonwealth partners- Canada, Australia and the UK for the contributions to the global pool of funds to deal with climate change.

The Prime Minister has urged other nations to contribute too as they have benefitted from the industrial age carry most of the financial burden for their consequences.

Bainimarama urged leaders from industrial nations to face up to this responsibility in a spirit of understanding and cooperation.

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