Government of the Republic of Fiji
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
A Better Fiji through Excellence in Foreign Service
1st December 2011, Durban, South Africa: The Lami Town, Fiji Project - Cities and Climate Change Initiative (UN HABITAT) has been chosen by the UN to be showcased tomorrow December 2, 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.
This One-UN side event will showcase and discuss examples of innovative and successful capacity development projects and initiatives supported by the United Nations. Drawing upon lessons learned from these initiatives, an open discussion will identify key lessons learned and explore opportunities to strengthen capacity development to address climate change. The Lami Town, Fiji Project called: Cities and Climate Change Initiative (UN HABITAT) will be presented in Durban by the CEO Lami Town Council Ms. Preeya Ieli.
The event will feature two parts. Following a brief introduction and welcome, four country representatives will present tangible capacity development projects/initiatives. Three of the statements will present results from successful capacity development projects supported by UN organizations. The fourth statement will be from a country participating in the 2011-2013 UN CC:Learn Pilot Implementation Phase which focuses on addressing human resource and skills development challenges. Drawing upon the presentations, the second part of the event will feature a moderated discussion focusing on opportunities and challenges to scale up result-based and sustainable capacity development to address climate change. The discussion will be kicked off by discussants from UN agencies that will join presenters on the panel. Fiji’s Director of Environment Mr. Jope Davetanivalu will be part of the UN panel.
The four projects are:
• Colombia: Joint Programme on the Integration of Ecosystems and Adaptation to Climate Change (FAO, UNOPS, UNDP, UNICEF)• Lami Town, Fiji: Cities and Climate Change Initiative (UN HABITAT)• Ethiopia: LEAP (Livelihoods, Early Assessment and Protection) (WFP)• Indonesia: Pilot Project to Strengthen Human Resource Capacities to Address Climate Change (UN CC:Learn)
(Photo caption: Lami Town Council Staff with CEO Ms Ieli (Middle row 3rd from left))
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