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HON. PM BAINIMARAMA REMARKS DURING THE TALANOA DIALOGUE EVENT AT THE GLOBAL CLIMATE ACTION SUMMIT

9/13/2018
The Governor of California and my COP23 Special Envoy for States and Regions, Jerry Brown,
Our facilitator, the Fijian High Level Climate Champion, Minister Inia Seruiratu,
My distinguished fellow story-tellers,
Friends,

Bula vinaka and a very good afternoon to you all.

I’m extremely proud as a Fijian and Pacific Islander to gather with you on the Pacific’s eastern edge for a Pacific initiative that has captured the imagination of the world.

Our Talanoa Dialogues bring the story-telling tradition of our islands to bear on the challenge of understanding how we can be more ambitious in our collective response to climate change. They can inspire us and show us the way.

Before our engagement begins, I want to warmly thank Governor Brown for his own inspirational leadership of the climate struggle. And to say how delighted we all are to be in the great state of California for this landmark Global Climate Action Summit -- A gathering that brings together all of the elements of the Grand Coalition that we know is humanity’s best hope for change.

From the first day we met, Governor Brown and I have been in complete agreement that even with the best will in the world, national governments alone can’t solve this crisis. And so we are working in tandem with states, regions and cities to achieve tangible and lasting progress; we are working with the global business community; and we are tapping the grassroots activism, passion and commitment of civil society and billions of ordinary people around the world.

Friends, we must get the message out loud and clear that our current Nationally Determined Contributions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions made under the Paris Agreement fall far short of the target of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above that of the pre-industrial age.

Part of the reason for this is because many NDCs do not incorporate the best ideas and solutions that are being implemented at the sub-national level. This needs to change, and in this regard, I’m encouraged by many of the steps being taken here in San Francisco this week.

Friends, the whole idea of the Talanoa Dialogues – here and all over the world since May and in the months ahead - is to swap best practices and canvass ways of raising our collective ambition. To lay the groundwork so that when political leaders gather at COP24 this December, they are able to signal their commitment to stepping up ambition.

A commitment that by the time the nations of the world convene again in New York next September for the UN summit to review the progress made since Paris, the existing NDCs are revised resolutely upwards.

Now, more than ever, we must shift the current global debate to the opportunities that will flow with imagination, ingenuity and political will. And create an unstoppable force for change.

So, friends, wherever you come from in the world, thank you for your own commitment and welcome to what I’m sure will be a hugely informative and productive event. I very much look forward to telling you my own story and hearing each of yours. So let’s talanoa mada - as we say in Fiji - and really make this session count.

Vinaka vakalevu. Thank you.
 
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