Fijian Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama has unveiled the logo for Fiji’s upcoming presidency at this year’s UN Climate Change Conference (COP 23) in Bonn, Germany.
The logo design was based on the winning submission of a national design competition held in Fiji to develop the COP 23 logo. At a press conference in Suva, Prime Minister Bainimarama acknowledged the winning designer, Mrs. Ronna Sekiguchi, who is Managing Director of the Fiji-based Greenhouse Studio.
The Prime Minister congratulated Mrs. Sekiguchi on winning the competition, and the two runners-up, students Shiristy Singh from the Adi Cakobau School and Mark Philitoga from the Nadi Muslim Primary School.
“Our logo 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 – as you can see – 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 need for us all to come together to build partnerships for climate action between governments, civil society and the private sector. And work together to improve the climate resilience of vulnerable nations such as Fiji,” said the Prime Minister.
The announcement of the logo design was attended by a delegation from the German Government led by the German State Secretary for Environment, Mr. Jochen Flasbarth. Mr. Flasbarth thanked the Fijian Government for the invitation to Fiji and congratulated Fiji on its COP 23 logo.
“It is a huge privilege to be here at this ceremony of the unveiling of this wonderful logo. It reflects exactly what this is all about, that the most vulnerable countries of the world are the small island states. They are affected heavily by climate change and Germany will always stand on the side of those affected by climate change. We are delighted to cooperate with Fiji on the upcoming COP 23. I am absolutely convinced that the world has chosen the right presidency for the next COP,” he said.
The winning designer, Mrs. Sekiguchi, said she was deeply honoured to have contributed to Fiji’s efforts to alert the global community to the plight of people in the Pacific due to the growing threat of climate change.
“At its heart, this logo was inspired by Fiji’s status as a small island developing state that experiences some of the worst effects of climate change. We endure off-the-chart cyclones, tsunamis and rising sea levels that threaten to engulf our small islands, our homes and erode our identity as Pacific Islanders. I hope this logo will serve as a powerful reminder to the global community that – in the Pacific – out survival depends on the actions and decisions of the nations of the world,” she said.
For winning the competition, Mrs. Sekiguchi was awarded two return tickets on Fiji Airways to any of the 24 destinations on the Fiji Airways network. The runners-up were awarded two return tickets each to any Fiji Airways destination in Australia or New Zealand.