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8th December 2011, Durban, South Africa: Head of the Fiji Delegation and Minister for Local Government, Urban Development, Housing and Environment Colonel Samuela Saumatua 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 has been holding bilateral talks on the margins of the UN meet.
Earlier this week Minister Saumatua met with the Bhutan Delegation to discuss areas of mutual interest. Formal diplomatic relations between Fiji & Bhutan was established on Friday 18th November 2011 in New York.That formalisation process recognises the good relations between our two countries. Fiji and Bhutan enjoy positive relationship. Fiji had supported Bhutan's Gross National Happiness initiative at the UN.
Today the Minister met with Members of the German Delegation to COP17. The Delegation were members of the German Parliament. Issues discussed included a review of the current state of COP17 negotiations and future areas of cooperation. At the meeting Minister Saumatua spoke at length about the impact of Climate Change on Small Island Developing States like Fiji including Fiji’s first resettlement (Vunidogoloa Village in Cakaudrove) arising from the adverse impact of Climate Change.
Fiji and Germany work closely together in many areas of technical cooperation and assistance. In the context of climate change, Germany has been a strong ally at the UN for the AOSIS (SIDS) by initiating an open debate during its term as President of the UN Security Council in July this year on the security implications of climate change.
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 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:Fiji Delegation and Minister Saumatua (4th from left) with the German Delegation)
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