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Media Release

Climate Change stakeholders attend workshop

SUVA- Foreign Affairs Permanent Secretary Amena Yauvoli has challenged climate change stakeholders to effectively participate in the development of the 2015 Climate Change Agreement that will be a a successor to the Kyoto Protocol.

Mr Yauvoli when opening a national workshop on Climate Change negotiations have reminded participants to be at the forefront of negotiations for this new agreement.

The workshop on the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Negotiations which includes structure, issues and expectations is facilitated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the United Nations Development Program's Pacific Centre.

In this two day workshop, participants from different sectors would gain a thorough understanding of the UNFCCC negotiations, the issues that are critical to their sectors and the national position that Fiji as a country will take to the negotiations.

Mr Yauvoli said the successor agreement must have all the elements of climate change, bring out the science behind climate change, the impacts of climate change, finance to the least developed countries and the need for developed countries to take responsibility.

He said it was important that the new agreement would take into account all issues that emerged as a result of climate change.

He extended an invitation to civil societies which were effectively involved in climate change adaptation to join the Fiji Government delegation to the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties to be held in Lima, Peru from December 1-12.

Mr Yauvoli told the workshop participants that their role was steer the negotiation process and as like minded negotiator with vast experiences on the issues on the ground, they should be able to negotiate well to ensure whatever they wish to see in the agreement was covered.

He said that given that Pacific was suffering from the impacts of climate change, it was important that the agreement that replace the Kyoto Protocol would address issues that were real to the Pacific region.

Director Climate Change Dr Mahendra Kumar said the main aim of the workshop was to build and sustain Fiji's own capacity to participate in and influence the UNFCCC process.

He explained that it aimed to strengthensthe understanding of substantive and legal issues on the UNFCCC agenda and to coordinate and development negotiation positions.

It also aims to create a network among delegates to achieve better communication between negotiating sessions and to prepare coordinated submissions on behalf of groups.

The workshop also aims to strengthen links between the negotiations and how their outcomes are implemented, by feeding experiences of implementation into the negotiations, and also by better disseminating the negotiations' outcomes.

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