Prime Minister and Incoming COP23 President Frank Bainimarama receives a cheque from Indian High Commissioner to Fiji, H.E. Vishvas Sapkal in Suva. Photo: DEPTFO
Prime Minister and Incoming COP23 President Frank Bainimarama today received a cheque donation of FJD 2.02 million from the Indian Government in support of Fiji’s Presidency of the United Nations ongoing climate negotiations, COP 23.
The Prime Minister received the cheque from the Indian High Commissioner to Fiji, H.E. Vishvas Sapkal, at a ceremony today in Suva.
The Prime Minister thanked the Indian Government for the assistance, which he said would go directly towards Fiji’s extensive preparations for COP23, to be held in Bonn, Germany in November.
“We are deeply grateful for this support from the Indian Government as Fiji looks to defend the multilateral consensus achieved under the Paris Agreement on Climate Change to reduce carbon emissions. COP23 is shaping up to be one of the most important COPs yet, given the US decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement. And we are very glad to see the global community be galvanised into action in support of the Fijian Presidency,” he said.
High Commissioner Sapkal said India stood in solidarity with Fiji and other Pacific Island Countries to highlight the effects of climate change on vulnerable island countries.