Frank and open discussions imperative; COP23 President
06:13 Fri Nov 10, 2017
Prime Minister and COP23 President Voreqe Bainimarama
Taken from/By: DINFO
Report by: Maggie Boyle
Prime Minister and COP23 President Voreqe Bainimarama called on delegates to hold their deliberations in a fair and honest manner, dissecting what was and was not working in the fight against climate change.
Speaking at the first session to involve non state actors, Bainimarama highlighted the need to ensure every voice was heard and taken into account.
“We must also be honest about what is not working. Because the Talanoa Spirit isn’t just about being nice to everyone, although respect is essential. It is about contributing to a solution that requires a degree of straight talking. And whoever you represent today, I encourage you to embrace that spirit, honest, constructive dialogue for the common good.”
The COP23 President added it was imperative to learn how to engage all levels of government, civil society, the private sector and billions of ordinary citizens in the formation of the national plans for climate action.
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