Government of the Republic of Fiji
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
A Better Fiji through Excellence in Foreign Service
6th December 2011, Durban, South Africa: Today the Head of the Fiji Delegation and Minister for Local Government, Urban Development, Housing and Environment Colonel Samuela Saumatua reminded 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 on the need to reduce Green House Gas.
Addressing a Media Conference today as part of the Alliance of Small Island Development States (AOSIS) the Minister and his colleagues spoke of the need for urgency in taking action to reduce GHG emissions to ensure our survival as Small Island Development States (SIDS). The call to increase mitigation ambition levels and keep global temperatures to 1.5 degrees Celsius are part of the solutions to the plight of SIDS. Present with Minister Saumatua at the Media Event were the Minister of Environment for Dominica, and the Foreign Affairs Minister for Grenada.
The ultimate objective of the Climate Change Convention (UNFCCC) is to achieve "... stabilization of greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that would prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system."
The Fiji Delegation to COP17 is led by Minister Saumatua and includes the Permanent Secretary for Local Government, Urban Development, Housing and Environment, Mrs. Taina Tagicakibau and includes 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:Minister Saumatua (extreme right) at media conference.)
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