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Aust Pledge Continuing Support to Our COP23 Presidency

Aust Pledge Continuing Support to Our COP23 Presidency
Australia’s lead climate negotiator and Ambassador for Environment, Patrick Suckling, during the press conference in Suva on August 22, 2017. Photo: Australian High Commission
August 23
13:14 2017

Australia offered “solidarity and support” to Fiji’s presidential agenda at the Conference of the Parties (COP23) set to begin in November in Bonn, Germany.

Australia’s lead climate negotiator and Ambassador for Environment, Patrick Suckling, said this in a press conference held yesterday in Suva.

This followed his meeting with the Prime Minister and incoming president of COP23, Voreqe Bainimarama, on Monday.

“Climate change is one of the biggest challenges facing this region today. It is one of the highest priorities for Governments around the region,” Ambassador Suckling said.

“I think the Fijian Prime Minister is doing a first-class job as president of COP23 – he’s got a very good team- and we are very happy to work with that team to progress our mutual interests and the interests of all the countries that are part of the Paris Agreement.”

Ambassador Suckling said discussions with Mr Bainimarama were centred on ways the Australian government could assist climate negotiations at COP23 and how countries in the region could collaborate to achieve regional targets.

His visit to Fiji is part of a planned trip around the region to discuss issues with range of key stakeholders from various Governments, international development partners and the private sector.

These discussions include preparations for the upcoming COP23 meeting, Nationally Determined Contributions and private sector finance.

Fiji, in November, will be the first Pacific nation to co-chair the COP23
One of Fiji’s primary objectives at COP23 is to develop and deploy solutions that will limit global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

He has already held meetings in Kiribati, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands and will leave for Tonga today.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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