Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama made an urgent call to fight against climate change at the opening of the Climate Action Pacific Partnership meeting here on Thursday.
In his opening remarks, Bainimarama delivered a clear message that only by working together as a region can countries confront the greatest collective threat of climate change, and bigger countries need to seriously commit themselves to the responsiblity.
Bainimarama stressed the urgency of the situation and need for a consensus to face the climate adversities ahead.
He indicated that countries could face a 50 percent probability of much more than three degrees of warming over the next century which would be catastrophic.
Bainimarama said major countries of the world needed to step up and revise their Nationally Determined Contributions in line with the Paris Agreement.
He added that countries needed to be more ambitious and take serious steps towards reducing pollution and improving the climate situation.
The two-day high-level meeting will end on Friday with discussions to include innovative climate financing and climate insurance.(2018-07-26 Xinhua)