Fiji awarded Presidency for 2017 UN climate summit (COP 23), calls on Donald Trump to visit Fiji.
History was written yesterday when Fiji was confirmed as President for the 23rd edition (COP23) of the global climate summit set to take place at the end of 2017 in Bonn, Germany.
It will be “the first time that a small island State, a State of the Pacific organized a COP,” President for COP22, and Morocco’s Foreign Minister, Mr Salaheddine Mezouar told a press conference.
Beside him, Fiji’s Prime Minister, Frank Bainimarama stated, “It’s a big responsibility for a small island State.”
As a “Small Pacific island State, we need to show the world the problems that we are experiencing,” he added making the link between “climate change and development”.
The COP23 Presidency is also recognition of Fiji’s strong leadership on climate change being the first country to ratify both the Kyoto protocol and Paris Agreement under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
Continuing on that leadership role, PM Bainimarama repeated his call to US President-elect Donald Trump to reconsider his campaign pledge to withdraw the US from the Paris Agreement and stop funding international climate actions.
He issued a ‘leader-to-leader’ invitation for Mr Trump to visit Fiji and to see for himself the effects of climate change.
“We in the Pacific, in common with the whole world, look to America for its leadership and for its engagement and assistance on climate change,” he said.
“As the second biggest carbon emitter on earth, the United States must take responsibility for contributing to our collective response to this crisis and show leadership at this critical stage.”
While Fiji serves as the COP23 presidency, COP23 conferences will be hosted in Bonn, Germany due to Fiji’s inability to accommodate up to 20,000 people on one site.
Bonn is the seat of the headquarters of United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), under whose auspices international climate negotiations among 196 countries parties to the convention will take place.