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Top 2 Heading To Fiji To Bolster COP23 Planning

Two of the world’s leading climate change experts will help build Fiji’s capacity to preside over COP23. James Cameron and Patricia Espinosa will attend a top level COP 23 planning
20 Jan 2017 11:33
Top 2 Heading To  Fiji To Bolster COP23 Planning
From Left: James Cameron and Patricia Espinosa

Two of the world’s leading climate change experts will help build Fiji’s capacity to preside over COP23.

James Cameron and Patricia Espinosa will attend a top level COP 23 planning meeting in Suva from January 30 to February 1.

Mr Cameron is a London-based barrister, policy adviser and entrepreneur.

He will represent SystematiQ.earth, an internationally-renowned consultancy group.

Ms Espinosa is the executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

They will meet Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, and Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum plus other Cabinet ministers and Permanent Secretaries involved in the Capacity Building Workshop (CBW) and the Planning Meeting (PM) starting on January 30.

It is still to be confirmed whether the head of the Moroccan presidency over COP22, Salaheddine Mezouar, and his team will also attend to help Fiji.

Mr Mezouar, the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Co-operation, is on record as saying that Morocco is ready to provide its full support, assistance and advice to Fiji for the organisation of COP23.

After meeting with Mr Bainimarama, as part the COP22, in Marrakesh, last November, Mr Mezouar congratulated Fiji on the organisation of the next COP.

“We are ready to support Fiji to ensure that COP23 meets expectations and carries on the action initiated by the COP of Marrakesh towards the concrete implementation of the Paris Agreement,” noting that “island states are the first to be threatened by climate change.”

It is understood that if he can’t come, there is an opportunity to meet the Morrocans before the Bonn meeting in Germany in May.

The Suva meeting is a crucial one because it sets the pace for the preparation before the COP23 Fijian secretariat is fully operational in Bonn.

The core planning team has been engaging experienced climate change experts to help Fiji plan COP23. Last month the team met Australian Howard Bamsey in Suva. He is the executive director of the Green Climate Fund.

Nemani Delaibatiki, SUVA

 

 

James Cameron:

James is a barrister, policy adviser and entrepreneur. He founded Climate Change Capital and served as chairman. He founded Baker and McKenzie’s Climate Change and Clean Energy Practice, the Centre for International Law, FIELD, and AOSIS, all with the help of others. He is a member of GE’s Ecomagination Board, was a member of UK Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Group and is a London Sustainable Development Commissioner. He is also chairman of the Overseas Development Institute (ODI).

Source: Wikipedia

 

Patricia Espinosa

She was Mexican Ambassador to Austria, Germany, Slovenia and Slovakia and served as Secretary of Foreign Affairs in the cabinet of President Felipe Calderón.

She was promoted to Ambassador within the Foreign Service in 2000 and served at the Mexican Embassy in Germany from January 2001 to June 2002, leaving the post to serve as Ambassador to Austria, concurrently with a number of international organisations based in Vienna, from June 2002 to November 2006.

On November 28, 2006, President-elect Felipe Calderón announced that she would serve as his Secretary of Foreign Affairs starting on December 1, 2006. Her priorities included the diversification of the United States-Mexico agenda (heavily concentrated on immigration and security issues) and the rebuilding of diplomatic relations with Cuba and Venezuela, which were strained during the previous administration.

In May last year, she was appointed to her current position.

Source: Wikipedia

 

 

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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