SUVA, Oct. 8 (Xinhua) -- Fiji's Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama on Thursday urged stronger commitments by high-emitting countries in fighting climate change.
According to a Fijian government statement, Bainimarama stressed at the United Nations virtual meeting on Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) leaders event that there is a need for countries of the world, particularly the highly-developed economies, to make firm commitments in curbing their emissions.
While pointing out that such commitments, for 2030 or 2050, are not aimless targets but life-or-death deadlines, he said that stronger multisectoral approach and global commitment is crucial in accelerating the actions to address climate change.
"By making a commitment -- and putting a plan in writing -- the rest of the world can count on your progress. Instead of living in fear, we can have hope for our countries' future, and the futures of our children and grand-children," he said.
"So this is the message we must take to the high-emitting countries: Commit. Commit. Commit. Choose what lasting legacy you want to leave: The damage that you've done to the planet or the commitments that will help it heal," he added.
Fiji has pledged an unconditional 10 percent emissions cut by 2030, or a 30 percent emissions cut dependant on international support. The island nation also included an additional target of using 100 percent renewable electricity by 2030. Enditem