Fiji’s hosting of COP23 is ground‑breaking for the Pacific – New Zealand Deputy PMBy Iva Danford
New Zealand Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Climate Change Issues Paula Bennett
New Zealand Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Climate Change Issues Paula Bennett says Fiji’s hosting of COP23 is ground‑breaking for the Pacific and Fiji has New Zealand’s total support in this significant undertaking.
Bennett highlighted this at the opening session of the Climate Action Pacific Partnership Event this morning at the Grand Pacific Hotel.
She says the Pacific is at the forefront of vulnerability to the effects of climate change but it is not sitting back and it is also a leader in responding to these impacts.
The Deputy Prime Minister says COP23 will be a once in a generation chance to showcase this leadership.
Bennett says we must find new and innovative ways to cut emissions and adapt to climate change and New Zealand is taking a step forward on this.
The Deputy Prime Minister says the Global Climate Action Agenda is hugely important for taking climate action to the next level by boosting cooperation between governments, business, civil society, cities and individuals.
Bennett says New Zealand is disappointed that the US has decided to withdraw from the Paris Agreement but they remain absolutely committed to the agreement.
Meanwhile, the President of the Federated States of Micronesia Peter Christian says the US President’s withdrawal from the Paris Agreement will only make the fight stronger.
While making his introductory remarks the Tuvalu Prime Minister Enele Sopoaga says regardless of the US withdrawal the rest of the world moves forward.
The two day Climate Action Pacific Partnership Event will end tomorrow.
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