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Bonn climate talks must go further than Paris pledges to succeed

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Frank Bainimarama (L), prime minister of Fiji and host of the Bonn talks, meets with Ambassador Aziz Mekouar of Morocco. Photograph: James Dowson/UNFCCC

Hosts Fiji will be aiming to build transparency and constructive dialogue – and this will be crucial to successfully ratcheting up the tough climate targets sidestepped at Paris

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Tiny Fiji looks for global impact at Bonn climate talks

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COP23 CHAIR. In this file photo, Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama, Prime Minister of Fiji, speaks at the beginning of the Petersberg Climate Dialogue on May 22, 2017 in Berlin. Kay Nietfeld/Pool/AFP

Fiji’s Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama brings a sobering message as he presides over UN climate talks in Bonn this week

SUVA, Fiji (Nov. 5, 2017) — Fiji’s Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama brings a sobering message as he presides over UN climate talks in Bonn this week – climate change is real, it’s already having disastrous impacts on his people and only urgent action can address the problem. Continue reading Tiny Fiji looks for global impact at Bonn climate talks

Island states come to UN ready to move on climate deal

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AFTER THE STORM. A handout picture made available by UNICEF on February 25, 2016 shows a child’s toy lies abandoned tattered and torn amongst the piles of debris left behind by the Category 5 Cyclone Winston that flattened the island of Koro, Fiji. Handout photo by Joseph Hing/Unicef/EPA

The world’s island states will come to the United Nations not only to sign the Paris climate deal but to be first in line to make sure it goes into force

UNITED NATIONS (Apr. 22, 2016) — With their very existence under threat from climate change, the world’s island states come to the United Nations on Friday, April 22, not only to sign the Paris climate deal but to be first in line to make sure it goes into force.

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Pacific nations lead the way on Paris climate accord

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Marshall Islands president: ‘By becoming one of the first countries to ratify the Paris agreement, we have shown our determination to continue to lead this fight from the front’

MAJURO, Marshall Islands (Mar. 21, 2016) — Battered by massive cyclones, El Niño-fueled drought and swollen king tides, fragile Pacific island nations vulnerable to climate change are leading the charge in implementing the landmark Paris climate deal.

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Global coral bleaching event could hit Great Barrier Reef

Australia’s world heritage-listed reef is threatened by warmer waters that have killed off coral in Fiji but the full impact depends on the weather

March 11, 2016 — The third global coral bleaching event to be recorded is snaking its way around a warming globe, devastating reefs and now threatening the world-heritage listed Great Barrier Reef.

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Fiji becomes first country in the world to ratify Paris agreement

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Fiji is an archipelago of more than 300 islands in the South Pacific. It is among the nations most vulnerable to climate change. Photograph: Steve Bly/Corbis
Parliament unanimously agree to ratify UN climate treaty ahead of signing ceremony in April in New York, reports BusinessGreen

March 7, 2016 — Fiji has become the first country in the world to formally approve the UN climate deal agreed by 195 nations in Paris in December.

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UN countries urged to ‘go the extra yard’ for Fiji

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REBUILDING IN FIJI Photo: RNZI / Alex Perrrottet
Fiji has made a plea at the UN for immediate assistance from member countries as it says it can’t handle the effects of Cyclone Winston alone

March 4, 2016 — Fiji’s Permanent Representative to the UN Peter Thomson told UN member countries nearly half of the population had been affected by the storm, a third of them children.

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Urgent need for relief in Fiji’s remote islands

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A child climbs through the remains of a home destroyed by Tropical Cyclone Winston.

March 4, 2016 — Aid and relief to Fiji’s remote communities hit by Cyclone Winston is increasingly challenging, with the Red Cross saying the outer islands are in urgent need of food, water and emergency shelter.

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Death toll rises as Fiji cleans up after ‘strongest ever’ cyclone

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DEADLY STORM. On February 19, 2016, at 01:15 UTC, the VIIRS instrument aboard NASA-NOAA’s Suomi NPP satellite captured this visible image of Tropical Cyclone Winston in the South Pacific Ocean. Credits: NASA Goddard Rapid Response/NOAA
‘It is being described as one of the most powerful in recorded history… as a nation, we are facing an ordeal of the most grievous kind,’ Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama says

SUVA, Fiji (Feb. 21, 2016) — Fiji began a massive clean-up on Sunday, February 21, after the most powerful cyclone in the Pacific island nation’s history left a trail of destruction, killing five people and crippling vital infrastructure.

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Flights cancelled as powerful cyclone bears down on Fiji

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CANCELLED FLIGHTS. Fiji cancels flights and warns residents to prepare for the effects of severe tropical cyclone Winston. Rappler file photo
One resident describes severe tropical cyclone Winston as “a monster cyclone,” and “the strongest” Fiji has ever experienced

SUVA, Fiji (Feb. 20, 2016) — Fiji warned residents to brace for an onslaught Saturday as a category five super-storm bears down on the Pacific island nation, with international flights cancelled and evacuation centers activated.

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