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     Government of the Republic of Fiji

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Media Release

Fiji looks forward to positive and forward looking outcomes in UN Climate Talks

18th May, 2012: The first negotiating session for 2012 under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Kyoto Protocol began Monday 14 May 2012 in Bonn, Germany with opening sessions in the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technical Assistance (SBSTA) and the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI). The negotiations will include sessions of the Ad-hoc Working Group on Long Term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA), the Ad-hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex 1 Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP) and the first session of the Ad-hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP).
Fiji is participating in the negotiations, which run from 14 to 25 May. An important discussion to be held at this session is in the ADP, where this new body will first elect its Chair, Vice Chair and Rapporteur before planning its work in areas such as mitigation, adaptation, finance, technology development and transfer, and capacity building. Several workshops have also been organised during this session to address issues of equitable access to sustainable development, emission reduction targets, developing countries' nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs) and a new market-based mechanism.
Prior to the commencement of the negotiating sessions on Monday, the Fiji delegation had participated in the preparatory meeting of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) from 9 to 11 May in Bonn. The AOSIS preparatory meeting is an integral part of the process for Small Island States, such as Fiji, and is useful for coordinating positions prior to the negotiation with partners.
In the face of increasing variable weather globally and the recent spate of unprecedented heavy flooding domestically, Fiji has a strong interest in seeing positive and forward looking outcomes achieved at this session and in the UNFCCC process generally. The Fiji delegation participates actively in the negotiations and also makes its voice heard through AOSIS. On issues relating to reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, conservation, sustainable management of forests, and enhancement of forest carbon stocks (REDD+), Fiji engages directly with partners in the negotiations and through the Coalition of Rainforest Nations, made up of around 40 developing countries including Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea from the Pacific.
The Fiji delegation is headed by the Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation, Mrs Saipora Mataikabara, and comprise of Fiji's High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Mr Solo Mara, Counsellor Luke Daunivalu of the Permanent Mission of Fiji to the United Nations, and the Acting Conservator of Forests, Mr Samuela Lagataki.