The ocean is everything to the people of Fiji and people living in the island states.

Fiji’s Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama challenged national and regional leaders to be more assertive in their efforts at home to fight climate change during the World leaders global climate action summit in San Francisco.

Speaking at the opening of the Global Climate Action Summit, the PM appealed directly to “the national and regional leaders in the room, and around the world.

Bainimarama drew the leaders attention to how important the ocean not only to the Fijian people but to people in the island states.

Bainimarama reminded the audience of the importance of the talanoas that are being held around the world as a means of ramping up every country’s ambition to combat climate change.

Current national plans to reduce carbon emission, known as Nationally Determined Contributions, or NDCs, are inadequate.

The conference is designed to share developments and perspectives in order to encourage a more robust global response to the climate-change crisis.


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