FAQs about COP22 Marrakech 2016

10. Why will Fiji chair the COP23, when the host will be the German city of Bonn?

Fiji is a small Pacific island, located in the Polynesian Islands, and one of the most vulnerable sites in the face of the possible effects of climate change, which takes these threats very seriously. Bonn will assume the headquarters of the COP23 to have the installed capacity and facilities for it. The Prime Minister of Fiji, Frank Bainimarama, as the designated president of COP23, sent an emotional message whose first paragraphs are as follows: “Bula vinaka! Wherever you are in the world, I send you my warmest greetings, together with the greetings of the people of Fiji.Figi assumes the presidency of COP 23 determined to maintain the momentum of the Paris Agreement adopted in 2015 and the effort to reduce carbon emissions and reduce global warming, intensified at COP 22 in Marrakech. To use a much-loved sports analogy on our islands, the world community cannot afford to lose the ball in the decisive response agreed in Paris to address the global warming crisis that we all face, in the place of the planet wherever we live. The ball is going to reach Fiji and I intend, as the designated president of the COP and coming from the island state in development, to take it as far as it can … “.

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