Government of the Republic of Fiji
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8th December 2011, Durban, South Africa: Fiji this morning joined other delegations 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 that is seeking ways to operationalize the Green Climate Fund before the Conference ends tomorrow Friday, 10th December 2011.
Last night Fiji and other COP17 members worked beyond midnight haggling over the text of a proposed agreement that will see the operationalization of the Green Climate Fund which hopes to raise over USD$100 billion for development countries for climate change projects before the Conference ends tomorrow.
Speaking on the GCF in his address to COP17 earlier yesterday the Head of the Fiji Delegation and Minister for Local Government, Urban Development, Housing and Environment Colonel Samuela Saumatua had told delegates:
“On the Cancun instruments, we call for the urgent and sustainable capitalisation of the Green Climate Fund. We must adopt the report of the Transitional Committee and its governing instrument so that it is operational by 2012. We must work together to identify and mobilise long-term sources of climate finance to complement what is already available via fast track finance. Moreover, we need to have in place a mechanism to address loss and damage caused to vulnerable countries as a result of the adverse impacts of climate change.”
Yesterday also Mr. BAN Ki-Moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations told a UN Panel that operationalization of the GCF is a critical outcome of COP17 and called on all countries to do all they can to bring this about.
Meanwhile yesterday Minister Saumatua was amongst a small group of Alliance of Small Island Development States (AOSIS) Ministers and Heads of Delegations who had a private meeting with Mr. BAN Ki-Moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations.
The Fiji Delegation to COP17 is led by 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 1:Minister Saumatua speaking at COP17, Caption 2:Minister Saumatua (3rd from right) meet UN SG)
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