Fiji’s Vision for Presidency of COP23

Fiji’s vision is for a Presidency that is transparent and inclusive of all, advances the Paris Agreement and accelerates climate action for vulnerable societies, drawing on our own experiences as a small island developing state in the Pacific.

Acknowledging the important leadership roles of past COP Presidencies in laying the foundation for a robust COP23, as a small island developing state, Fiji’s vision for the Presidency of COP23 is:

  1. To advance the work of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and preserve the multilateral consensus for decisive action to address the underlying causes of climate change, respecting climate science.
  2. To uphold and advance the Paris Agreement, ensure progress on the implementation guidelines and undertake consultations together with the Moroccan COP22 Presidency to design the process for the Facilitative Dialogue in 2018.
  3. To build greater resilience for all vulnerable nations to the impacts of climate change, including extreme weather events and rising sea levels; to enable access to climate adaptation finance, renewable energy, clean water and affordable climate risk and disaster insurance; and to promote sustainable agriculture.
  4. To forge a grand coalition to accelerate climate action before 2020 and beyond between civil society, the scientific community, the private sector and all levels of government, including cities and regions. We are all vulnerable and we all need to act.
  5. To harness innovation, enterprise and investment to fast track the development and deployment of climate solutions that will build future economies with net zero greenhouse gas emissions, in an effort to limit the rise of global temperatures to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.
  6. To draw a stronger link between the health of the world’s oceans and seas and the impacts of, and solutions to, climate change as part of a holistic approach to the protection of our planet.
  7. To infuse COP23 with the Fijian “Bula Spirit” of inclusiveness, friendliness and solidarity and promote the Pacific concept of talanoa. This is a process of inclusive, participatory and transparent dialogue that builds empathy and leads to decision making for the collective good. It is not about finger pointing and laying blame but is about listening to each other, learning from each other, sharing stories, skills and experiences. By focusing on the benefits of action, this process will move the global climate agenda forward.

About the Logo

The Fijian Presidency’s COP23 logo captures the vulnerability to climate change of a small island developing state like Fiji. The island is partially submerged and a huge wave is bearing down on it. The wave is also in the form of a cyclone, with the eye in the middle.

In light of Fiji’s experience with Cyclone Winston in 2016 that caused so much heartbreak, this is a very stark and effective message to take to the world. The logo reinforces Fiji’s call for everyone to come together to build partnerships for climate action between governments, civil society and the private sector – and to work together to improve the climate resilience of vulnerable nations and communities.

National Logo Competition

In February, the Fijian Government launched a nation-wide competition for the design of the COP23 logo, with Fijians of all ages encouraged to submit their ideas and design proposals. The creativity and passion on display in hundreds of designs submitted demonstrate just how proud the Fijian people are of Fiji’s place in the world and how seriously they take the threats posed by climate change. In the end, more than 200 designs were submitted, including many from young people and school children from across the country. The Prime Minister announced the winning design – by Ronna Sekiguchi – and the two runners up during an event in Suva on 11 April.

COP23 Labels

In addition to the official COP23 Presidency logo and the official co-branded logo, we have also developed labels for official partners, endorsed events and endorsed initiatives. These are available for use by certain organisations under specific circumstances. To apply for use of one of the COP23 labels, please visit the link below.