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Media Release

UN Climate Change Official visits Fiji

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Dr George Manful Senior Climate Change Advisor at the United Nations Environment Programme HQ in Nairobi Kenya visited the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation to discuss Fiji’s upcoming National Climate Change report (national communication) which is due with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) secretariat in Bonn, Germany this year. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation is responsible for Climate Change matters in Fiji. 

Parties to the Convention must submit national reports on implementation of the Convention to the Conference of the Parties (COP).

The core elements of the national communications are information on emissions and removals of greenhouse gases (GHGs) and details of the activities a Party has undertaken to implement the Convention, information on national circumstances, vulnerability assessment, financial resources and transfer of technology, and education, training and public awareness. 

Accurate, consistent and internationally comparable data on GHG emissions is essential for the international community to take the most appropriate action to mitigate climate change, and ultimately to achieve the objective of the Convention. Communicating relevant information on the most effective ways to reduce emissions and adapt to the adverse effects of climate change also contributes towards global sustainable development. 

Since 1994, governments have invested significant time and resources in the preparation, collection and validation of data on GHG emissions and the COP has made determined efforts to improve the quality and consistency of the data, which are ensured by established guidelines for reporting. Parties like Fiji receive financial and technical assistance in preparing their national communications, facilitated by the UNFCCC secretariat. 

Our national communication is considered by an expert group set up by the UNFCCC Subsidiary Body on Implementation to deal with issues relating to these communications.

Whilst in Fiji Dr Manful met with Provincial Administrators and visited Climate Change Projects in Tailevu.