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Fijian PM calls for 1.5 degree Celsius cap at COP23

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COP23 President and Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has issued a directive for negotiations at the climate meeting to agree to the one point five Degree Celsius cap as a means of ambitious climate action.

Speaking in Bonn, Germany Bainimarama urged the delegates the time to act was now, FBC reports.

“By aiming for 1.5 degrees, we are setting ourselves a serious challenge but it provides us with a mission, it engages our capacity for ingenuity, for organisation and sheer hard work and who knows what we might achieve when humanity’s capacity to innovate is unleashed.”

In support of the President’s agenda, Climate Change Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum launched the NDC initiative that works to make an indelible footprint in limiting carbon emissions.

“The roadmap sets out progressive renewable initiatives targeted towards reducing 30 percent of Fiji’s carbon dioxide emissions over the next 13 years from a business as usual baseline to one point five million tonnes of carbon dioxide.”

Bainimarama also highlighted the importance of Ocean health in the fight against climate change and initiated an oceans pathway that would be added to the talks in Bonn.

Meanwhile, there is optimism that the COP23 negotiations will see good progress in making the Paris Agreement operational.

The COP23 meeting is taking place at a moment where countries are conscious of the risks of climate change and the impact and suffering it produces.

UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinoza says the meeting will allow the countries to come together and have a joint assessment of its pledges to the reducing of carbon emission and lets them set a new level of ambition.