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Caritas Talanoa Dialogue Joint Statement

Photo: Jan Golinski/UNFCCC

Statement by Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand's Teresa Thorp and Caritas Oceania representative Auimatagi Joseph Moeono-Kolio on 09 May 2018

Mr President,
Incoming President of COP24,

Ni Sa Bula Vinaka.

We would like to thank the Fijian presidency for introducing our traditional Pacific spirit of dialogue and consensus building into the UNFCCC process. You have created a sense of common endeavor, purpose and hope. Going forward, by weaving our collective stories together, we should look for, and find synergies and opportunities for programmatic planning. must deliver concrete actions on the ground. On Sunday, we were entrusted by our Pacific brothers and sisters to share stories from the front-line. The rich process of Talanoa built empathy. It reinforced that the problem is global. But solutions are local. We are encouraged by the new-found solidarity to stick to the 1.5-degree global temperature target. And as we all work together towards achieving this goal, please, remember our stories. Please remember that we are all in the same canoe and that time is running out.


Vinaka vaka levu.


Teresa Thorp & Auimatagi Joseph Moeono-Kolio

Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand & Caritas Oceania

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