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Media Release

COP 17 Conference Delegation arrive in Durban

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Wednesday, 23rd November 2011, Durban, South Africa: The advanced party of the Fiji delegation to the Conference of Parties (COP) on Climate Change jetted into Durban on Tuesday morning. This group will meet with other Pacific Island delegates to discuss and agree on their common position for the Durban Climate Change Conference which will officially begin next week on Monday.

The group is presently led by the Permanent Secretary for Local Government, Urban Development, Housing and Environment, Mrs Taina Tagicakibau. The other members of the group include, the Acting Deputy Secretary Foreign Affairs, Peni Lomaloma, Director of Environment, Jope Davetanivalu, Director Meteorological Services, Alipate Waqaicelua, Climate Change Officer, Alisi Pulini Vosalevu and Fiji’s High Commissioner to South Africa, Ben Salacakau.

Fiji has been in close negotiations with the Pacific Island countries on how they will prepare and address the combined conference on issues that affect island economies as a result of Climate Change.

This conference will be critical as the agreements commonly referred to as the Kyoto Protocol comes to an end in 2012. At this conference everyone is hopeful that a new agreement on the reduction of emissions will be reached or at least extend the Kyoto protocol until there is a new agreement.

The team is all settled and looking forward to the intense negotiations in the fortnight ahead.

(Photo caption:L-R; Permanent Secretary Environment, Taina Tagicakibau; Acting Deputy Secretary Foreign Affairs, Peni Lomaloma; High Commissioner South Africa, Ben Salacakau and Director Environment, Jope Davetanivalu)