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     Government of the Republic of Fiji

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Media Release

Kubuabola attends Climate Change Ministerial Meeting in Seychelles

11/6/2014

Foreign Affairs Minister, Hon. Ratu Inoke Kubuabola, will be in Seychelles next week to attend the Alliance of Small Islands States Ministerial meeting on Climate Change (AOSIS), which runs from 11-12 November.

Ratu Inoke will join his peers from other AOSIS member states to discuss AOSIS priorities for the upcoming 20th Conference of Parties (COP 20) to the United Nations Framework Convention Climate Change, to be held in Lima, Peru in early December this year. COP 20 in Lima is a critical moment in the negotiations of a new climate change agreement that is hoped to be adopted in Paris in 2015.

The Ministerial meeting is organized by the Government of Nauru in its capacity as the current chair of AOSIS, together with the Government of Seychelles.

Ratu Inoke said it is an important meeting for Fiji given that the whole world is working towards the 2015 Agreement, which will replace the existing Kyoto Protocol.

Since climate change is a global phenomenon, Fiji will do its part to contribute toward efforts that focus on reducing the impacts of climate change and create awareness about mitigation and adaptation measures.

During the two day meeting, the AOSIS Climate Change Ministers are expected to discuss various strategies and formulate the Group's position for the negotiations at COP 20 in Lima. Key issues expected to be discussed include climate financing, the intended nationally determined contributions, and the Pre-2020 mitigation ambition.

The Ministers will also discuss the Kyoto Protocol ratification and the level of involvement of AOSIS Ministers during the negotiations.n Federation to attend a two weeks course on "Foreign Policy of the Russian Federation in a Globalised World".