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Media Release

Fiji Lobbies for Support for Important UN Climate Post

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10th December 2011, Durban, South Africa: Fiji has lobbied hard at the 17th Conference of the Parties (COP17)1  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 its candidate 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.This week the Fiji Delegation lobbied hard with Small Island Development States (SIDS) for an extention to Mr Vocea’s term as their representative to the Adaptation Fund Board. Support has been forthcoming and elections for the post is expected before COP17 ends.

At the third session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP), which was held in Bali, Indonesia from 3-14 December 2007, Parties decided to establish the Adaptation Fund Board (AFB) as the operating entity to supervise and manage the Adaptation Fund, under the authority and guidance of the CMP.  The AFB is fully accountable to the CMP, which decides on the overall policies of the Adaptation Fund.

The functions of the Adaptation Fund Board include the following functions and any other functions assigned to it by the CMP:

• Develop strategic priorities, policies and guidelines, and recommend their adoption to  the CMP
 
• Develop and decide on specific operational policies and guidelines, including programming  guidance and administrative and financial management guidelines, in accordance with  decision  5/CMP.2, and to report to the CMP

• Develop criteria based on principles and modalities listed in decision 5/CMP.2 to ensure  that the implementing and executing entities have the capacity to implement the  administrative and financial management guidelines of the Adaptation Fund, and report on  it to the CMP
 
• Decide on projects, including the allocation of funds, in line with the Adaptation Fund  principles, criteria, modalities, policies and programmes, in accordance with decision  5/CMP.2

• Develop and agree on additional rules of procedure to those included in this decision and  recommend these for adoption by the CMP
 
• Monitor and review implementation of the operations of the Adaptation Fund, including its  administrative arrangements and the expenditure incurred under the Adaptation Fund, and  recommend decisions, as may be appropriate, for adoption by the CMP
 
• Establish committees, panels and working groups, if required, to provide, inter alia,  expert advice, to assist the Adaptation Fund Board in the performance of its functions

• Draw upon and make use of the expertise that the Adaptation Fund Board may require to  perform its functions

• Regularly review performance reports on implementation and ensure independent evaluation  and auditing of activities supported by the Adaptation Fund

• Develop and approve draft legal and administrative arrangements for secretariat services   and the trustee for approval by the CMP
 
• Be responsible for the monetization of CERs issued by the Executive Board of the CDM and   forwarded to the Adaptation Fund to assist developing country Parties that are   particularly vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change to meet the costs of   adaptation, and to report annually to the CMP on the monetization of CERs

• Report on its activities at each session of the CMP.
 
 The Adaptation Fund Board is composed of 16 members and 16 alternates representing  Parties to the Kyoto Protocol, taking into account fair and balanced representation among  groups 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).

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 is led by Minister Saumatua and includes 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.


1The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) was set up to stop global temperatures rising above dangerous levels as a result of manmade emissions. Each year the Conference of the Parties (COP) meet to discuss progress. This is COP 17. The ultimate aim is stop temperatures rising more than 2C by cutting greenhouse gases by 50 per cent by 2050.