Fiji has been chosen by the international community to preside over the next Conference of the Parties (COP23) to be help in Bonn, Germany in November.
Before that Fiji will be having a pre-COP meeting in October which will be an important scene-setter for the main event.
Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama made this announcement yesterday in the presence of the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention for Climate Change (UNFCCC) Her Excellency Patricia Espinosa who was visiting Fiji to discuss our presidency of COP23, the United Nations negotiations on climate change.
“This is a huge responsibility that Fiji has been given and we intend to fulfil our obligations to every person on the planet by doing everything possible to move these negotiations forward,” Mr Bainimarama said.
Mr Bainimarama formally welcome Her Excellency Mrs Espinosa to Fiji and stated that during their discussions over the last couple of days, she has already proved to be a good friend of Fiji and has undertaken to do everything possible to assist us with the task that lies ahead.
“We very much appreciate the commitment she has already shown,” Mr Bainimarama said.
“Our talks over the past couple of days ranged across Fiji’s obligations and responsibilities as the incoming COP President,” he added.
Mr Bainimarama said Her Excellency and her team have given them a detailed briefing and assured them of the highest level of co-operation from UNFCCC to make these negotiations a success, especially for the people of low-lying and vulnerable areas of the world such as Fiji.
“These discussions have been very valuable in giving Fiji an appreciation of what needs to be done,” Mr Bainimarama said.