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Aust Gives AU$6m For COP23

Aust Gives AU$6m For COP23
We meet again...Prime Minister and incoming president of COP23 Voreqe Bainimarama with Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Patricia Espinosa at Bonn, Germany. The PM will address a plenary session on the final day of the Bonn Climate Change Conference and attend a Negotiation Management Workshop organised by the German government. Ms Espinosa was recently in Fiji. Photo: COP23/Twitter
May 19
10:28 2017

I announce AU$6million (F$9.28m) in funding to support Fiji’s Presidency of the 23rd Conference of Parties (COP23) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

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 AU$4m to support the establishment and operation of Fiji’s COP23 secretariat and AU$2m 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. COP23 will showcase steps countries are taking toward a low-emissions, climate-resilient global economy.

Over the next four years, Australia will provide AU$300m to Pacific countries to tackle climate change, including AU$75 million for disaster preparedness. This complements Australia’s contribution of AU$200m (F$309.90m) over four years to the Green Climate Fund.


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