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Climate change threat needs Pacific voice

Suva, FIJI — Fiji's chief climate negotiator says its important for the global community to hear from directly Pacific people facing the impact of climate change.

Fiji has the presidency of COP23, the current UN global conference round implementing the Paris Agreement.

Fiji is the first Small Island Developing State to lead the Conference of Parties and has been expected to put the issues of vulnerable island nations front and center of the negotiations.

Fiji's Luke Daunivalu said the target of reducing climate changing emissions and addressing its root causes had not yet yielded results.

However, it was important to remain engaged in the multi-lateral process as this was only only way to be heard, Mr Daunivalu said.

"There are people in other parts of the world who don't have the same experiences, who may not be able to relate with us," he said.

"In sharing our stories through the Talanoa Dialogue we can bring them into our experiences and give more clarity of the impacts of climate change but also how we need to all work together to address this global phenomenon."