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Australia pledges support for Fiji’s Presidency of COP 23

06:21 Fri May 19, 2017


Taken from/By: FBC News
Report by: Maggie Boyle

Australia has committed to funding support of more than $9 million for Fiji’s Presidency of the 23rd Conference of Parties (COP23) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Australian Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Concetta Fierravanti-Wells made the announcement yesterday.

Fiji will be the first Small Island Developing State to hold the Presidency.

It will play a leading role in developing rules to implement the Paris Agreement to ensure global action against climate change, and bring Pacific perspectives to discussions.

Australia’s assistance will comprise of more than $6 million to support the establishment and operation of Fiji’s COP23 secretariat and $3 million to support regional consultations that will ensure all Pacific countries have an opportunity to contribute to Fiji’s Presidency.

One hundred and forty five countries have ratified the Paris Agreement.
COP 23 will showcase steps countries are taking toward a low-emissions, climate-resilient global economy.



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