Government of the Republic of Fiji
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
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17th September 2012: Fiji’s representative to the global climate change body known as the Adaptation Committee attended its inaugural meeting in Bangkok from 7 to 10 September. Mr Luke Daunivalu, who is Counsellor at the Fiji Mission to the United Nations in New York, was elected to the Committee earlier this year as the representative of small island developing States, a group of 43 countries that make up the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS).
The 16-member Committee was established by the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) as the overall advisory body on adaptation to the adverse effects of climate change. The Committee’s primary function is to promote the implementation of enhanced action on adaptation in a coherent manner under the Convention.
Adaptation to the adverse effects of climate change is a critical issue for all countries, especially vulnerable island nations already faced with many development challenges.
A major topic of discussion at the first Committee meeting was the development of its three year workplan. There is high expectation from member States that this Committee will deliver on the hopes that from the outset was the reason for its establishment, which is to bring coherence and effectiveness to global climate change adaptation measures.
The Committee will present its report to the Conference of the Parties in Doha, Qatar when it meets from 26 November to 7 December this year.
(Photo caption: L-R: Youssef Nassef (UNFCCC Secretariat), Mrs Margaret Mukhanana-Sangarwe (Committee Chair), Luke Daunivalu)
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