03/06/17

Fiji’s COP23 Logo Takes to the Skies

The distinctive Fiji Airways masi livery that stands out at airports throughout the Asia Pacific has a new addition – the logo for Fiji’s presidency of COP23, the ongoing UN negotiations on climate change.

The logo has started to appear on the fuselage of our aircraft after a national competition won by Fijian designer Ronna Sekiguchi of the local company, the Greenhouse Studio.

Mrs Sekiguchi won a trip for two anywhere on the Fiji Airways network and two runners-up were also awarded trips to Australia or New Zealand – Shiristy Singh from the Adi Cakobau School and Mark Philitoga from the Nadi Muslim Primary School.

The prizes were awarded by Fiji Airways Executive General Manager, Fiji Link and Group Corporate, International and Government Affairs, Shaenaz Voss, at a ceremony in Suva attended by the incoming President of COP23, Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama, and the visiting German State Secretary for the Environment, Jochen Flasbarth.

COP23 is unique in that while Fiji will preside over the next negotiations for the implementation of the 2015 Paris Agreement in November, they will be held in Bonn, Germany, to accommodate the more than 20,000 people who are expected to attend.

In announcing Mrs Sekiguchi as the competition winner, the Prime Minister said he was very proud that Fiji had the talent to design such a world-class logo.

“It captures perfectly the vulnerability to climate change of a small island developing state like Fiji – the island partially submerged and a huge wave bearing down on it. The wave is also in the form of a cyclone, with that eye in the middle. So especially in the light of our experience with Cyclone Winston last year that caused so much heartbreak, this is a very stark and effective message to take to the world”, the PM said.

Mrs Sekiguchi – who was born in the Philippines and migrated to Fiji in 2004 – said winning the competition was a great honour. “This logo is going to be seen all over the world in the coming months and I hope it is something all Fijians can be proud of”, she said.