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Media Release

Secretary Mataikabara Leads Climate Change Delegation

 

 

 

Secretary Mataikabara Leads Climate Change Delegation

Bangkok, 27 August – In preparation for a United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) meeting to begin on Thursday 30th August in Bangkok, a Fiji delegation is currently in Bangkok attending the preparatory meetings of the Alliance of Small Islands States (AOSIS).  Led by the Permanent Secretary of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation, Mrs. Saipora Mataikabara, the Fiji delegation includes Fiji’s High Commissioner to Malaysia, Ratu Meli Bainimarama, Fiji’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Mr.  Luke Daunivalu and Ms. Alisi Pulini of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation.

Members of AOSIS normally convene a few days ahead of scheduled climate change sessions to prepare for the formal negotiations. The Fiji delegation has actively participated in the AOSIS pre-sessional discussions on 26th and 27th August 2012.  The AOSIS meeting is followed immediately by the preparatory meeting of the Group of 77 commonly known as the G77.  The G77 of which Fiji is a member is made up of 132 developing countries.   The preparatory meeting for the G77 will convene in Bangkok from 28th to 29th August 2012.

Substantive progress on key decisions is expected to be achieved in Bangkok by the Parties to the UNFCCC.  The Bangkok session is the last opportunity for Parties to advance discussions on issues such as a new Climate Change instrument under the Durban Platform, before the Conference of the Parties (COP 18) convenes in Doha, Qatar in late November this year. END
 
(Photo Caption (L–R): Alisi Pulini, Saipora Mataikabara, Ratu Meli Bainimarama, Luke Daunivalu)