Government of the Republic of Fiji
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
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17th December, 2011: Fiji has succeded at the 17th Conference of the Parties (COP17) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and the 7th Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties (CMP7) to the Kyoto Protocol that has been meeting in Durban, South Africa from 28th November to 9th December 2011 for His Excellency Ambassador Peceli Vocea to be reappointed for the important United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) post of Member of the Adaptation Fund Board which provides millions of dollars for Climate Change Projects.
Ambassador Vocea is Fiji’s Ambassador to the European Union. He has served one term as a Member of the Adaptation Fund Board beginning December 2009 and will expire at the end of this month December 2011. During COP17 the Fiji Delegation lobbied hard for an extention to Mr Vocea’s term as representative from Small Island Development States (SIDS) to the Adaptation Fund Board. The effort succeded and Mr Vocea was reappointed following elections carried out at the conclusion of the marathon and historic COP17 session that has finally ended at Durban South Africa.
The Adaptation Fund has been established by the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change to finance concrete adaptation projects and programmes in developing countries that are Parties to the Kyoto Protocol. TheAdaptation Fund Board is composed of 16 members and 16 alternates representing Parties to the Kyoto Protocol, as follows: Two representatives from each of the five United Nations regional groups; One representative of the small island developing States (SIDS); One representative of the least developed country (LDCs) Parties; Two other representatives from the Parties included in Annex I to the Convention (Annex I Parties); Two other representatives from the Parties not included in Annex I to the Convention (non-Annex I Parties).
At the 16th Adaptation Fund Meeting in Umhlanga Rocks, South Africa, on December 13-14 2011 and their first meeting since their elections Ambassador Vocea and the AFB considered project proposals from Uruguay, Cambodia, Cook Islands, Egypt, Georgia, Madagascar, Mauritania, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, and Tanzania. Meanwhile Fiji is finalizing its own multi-million dollar Adaptation Fund proposal which will go before the AFB early next year. The Concept Note for the Project has already been approved by the AFB.
The Fiji Delegation to COP17 was led by Minister Saumatua and included Permanent Secretary for Local Government, Urban Development, Housing and Environment, Mrs. Taina Tagicakibau and Ambassador Peceli Vocea Fiji’s Ambassador to the EU, Fiji’s High Commissioner to South Africa Mr. Ben Salacakau, the Acting Deputy Secretary Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation Mr. Penijamini Lomaloma, Deputy Permanent Representative of Fiji to the UN Mr. Luke Daunivalu, Director Environment Mr. Jope Davetanivalu, Director Meteorology Mr. Alipate Waqaicelua, Deputy Conservator of Forests Mr. Samuela Lagataki, Dr Helena des Combes of USP, Lami Town Council CEO Ms. Preeya Ieli, Ms. Alisi Pulini Climate Change Officer Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation, Mr. Peter Emberson of the Pacific Council of Church’s.
(Photo caption 1:Ambassador Vocea;Caption 2:Ambassador Vocea (lower right) attends the 16th Adaptation Fund Meeting in Umhlanga Rocks, South Africa, on December 13-14 2011.)
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