Prime minister attends climate meeting

Thursday July 26, 2018 Written by Published in Politics
Prime minister Henry Puna pictured at the meeting in Suva, Fiji, this week. 18072501 Prime minister Henry Puna pictured at the meeting in Suva, Fiji, this week. 18072501

Prime minister Henry Puna and other Pacific leaders, are meeting this week at the second annual Climate Action Pacific Partnership (CAPP) Conference, in Suva, Fiji.

 

The meeting is part of regional preparation for this year’s international climate change negotiations.

High on the agenda was the urgent action needed by all nations to raise their ambitions to meet the Paris Agreement target of keeping global temperatures to no more than 1.5C above pre-industrial levels.

State parties to the Paris Agreement have identified emission targets through Nationally Determined Contributions,” said Office of the Prime Minister chief of staff Bredina Drollet in a media statement.

“However, scientific reporting has indicated that more action is needed as global warming is on track to at least 3 degrees warming by mid-century. The impact on the Pacific region under this scenario is expected to be catastrophic, with sea level rise and increased frequency and intensity of natural disasters.”

The CAPP was established in 2017 by Fiji prime minister Frank Bainimarama, in his capacity as the 23rd president of the COP. It is seen as an opportunity for Pacific leaders to meet and exchange views on negotiation priorities on climate change to enable a strong Pacific voice in the international negotiations to ensure commitments to the Paris Agreement are honoured.

The meeting was launched with a traditional Fijian ceremony on Tuesday evening (CI time) and will end today.

The conference website said the CAPP conference would present “an exciting schedule of events, songs and stories”.

The costs of the prime minister and Drollet attending the conference were fully funded through the Secretariat of the Pacific Community and GIZ.

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