“Every nation has a role to play but only the industrial nations have the economic capacity and advanced technical know-how to lead the world to victory in this struggle. Defeat is not an option.”

These were the comments made by Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama while delivering his national address at the 74th United Nations General Assembly Hall in New York.

PM Bainimarama said there is no alternative to stave off catastrophe, but to commit to net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

“There is no alternative but to cap the average global temperature at 1.5 degrees Celsius above the pre-industrial age and preferably lower. Because even at one degree warming, entire species are being made extinct and our coral reefs are dying. There is no alternative but to rapidly scale down the use of fossil fuels and rapidly scale up the development of renewable energy.”

PM Bainimarama stressed to world leaders the need to bring oceans into the heart of the UNFCCC process at the “Blue Cop” – COP25 in Chile in December because you can’t have a stable climate without a healthy ocean.

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