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Media Release

ACP Ministerial Meeting on Climate Change

 

 

 

ACP MINISTERIAL MEETING ON CLIMATE CHANGE
Brussels, 7 – 9 NOVEMBER 2012
MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION
RATU INOKE KUBUABOLA

KUBUABOLA

10th November 2012: The Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola led Fiji’s delegation to the ACP Ministerial Meeting on Climate Change, which was held in Brussels from 7 – 9 November 2012.

In his remarks to the ACP Ministers in Brussels, Minister Kubuabola stressed the importance of the Ministerial meeting in forging common ACP positions for the 18th session of the United Nations Climate Change Conference to be held in Doha, Qatar from 26 November to 7 December. He reminded ACP delegations on the need to put to effective use their “shared compelling desire to see the upcoming climate change negotiations achieve results that meet the demands of our time and ensure a sustainable future for our children's generation.”

“As we are well aware, our strength lies in our unity of purpose and common cause”, he said. "I would therefore encourage us to continue to work together as a group, actively seek out common grounds for agreement on issues where divergence exist, and always strive for the good of the whole, which is a distinctive characteristic of the communal-based societies of the ACP group.”

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Minister Kubuabola highlighted the necessity of having a second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol come into effect on 1 January 2013. He underscored the contribution of REDD plus (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) mechanisms in addressing climate change in some of our countries. He added that it is crucial that adequate attention and support be given to REDD plus activities with the provision of the necessary finance.

As a member of the Pacific Small Island Developing States (or PSIDS) and the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), Minister Kubuabola emphasised that Fiji views the issue of Loss and Damage as “vital in the discussion of our response to the adverse impacts of climate change. Most of our countries are experiencing or faced with loss and damage that are irreparable and irreversible.”

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“Over the past couple of years, the Fijian Government has assisted in resettling people in some of its villages to new locations because their traditional settlements have become uninhabitable due to coastal erosion, salinisation and other climate change-related factors”.

Accordingly, AOSIS countries are calling for an international mechanism to assist vulnerable developing countries in addressing loss and damage arising from the negative effects of climate change. The Minister cited this as the type of concrete action and response that is cooperative in character, with good neighborly principles at its core.

The Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola will also lead Fiji’s delegation to the Doha climate conference. The Minister was accompanied by Fiji’s Permanent Representative to the EU, H.E Ambassador Peceli Vocea; Deputy Permanent Representative of Fiji’s Mission to the United Nations, Mr Luke Daunivalu; and Counsellor Nidhendra Singh and Second Secretary Mrs Setaita Tupua-Kalou of the Fiji Embassy in Brussels.