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New Zealand Deputy Prime Minister To Be Here For COP23 Talks

New Zealand Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Climate Change Issues Paula Bennett will be arriving in the country this Sunday. She will be joining regional leaders for a two-day
28 Jun 2017 10:51
New Zealand Deputy Prime Minister To Be Here For COP23 Talks
New Zealand Deputy Prime MInister, Paula Bennett.

New Zealand Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Climate Change Issues Paula Bennett will be arriving in the country this Sunday.

She will be joining regional leaders for a two-day Climate Action Pacific Partnership Event at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva.

Also attending the important meeting as Fiji leads to COP23 in Bonn, Germany will be:

  •  Nauruan President Baron Waqa
  •  Australian Minister for International Development and the Pacific Concetta Ferravanto
  •  Deputy Prime Minister of Samoa Fiame Naomi Mata’afa
  •  Prime Minister of Tuvalu Enele Sopoaga
  •  Deputy Prime Minister of Vanuatu Joe Natuman and other leaders are currently in the process of confirming their participation in the event.

Ms Bennett will also be making a courtesy call to Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.

The two-day meeting is on July 3 and July 4 and will be a springboard towards COP23 of which Mr Bainimarama is the incoming President.

Climate Champion and Agriculture Minister Inia Seruiratu and COP23 Presidency Secretariat executive director John Connor confirmed the arrival of the leaders and also discussed the importance of the event with the Fiji Sun yesterday.

“We are targeting two specific areas, one being the political agenda. In the Paris Agreement, most of the negotiations are undertaken through the negotiators and that is where most of the issues are advanced. Most important for us is the climate action agenda. This is about the implementation of the Paris Agreement and that is where the role of the Champion fits in,” Mr Seruiratu said.

And, this is where the private sector too will have the opportunity to play their part in safeguarding the planet.

“All countries have their NDCs (the intended Nationally Determined Contributions) and they have specific areas for the implementation of NDCs.

“But the implementation of NDCs is not just the responsibility of Governments. Most of the NDCs will be implemented by the private sector, the business communities and the communities themselves.

“It is a whole of Govenrment approach and that this is the whole idea behind this so we can discuss our issues, Pacific Island Developing States’ issues, and that will link up to the AOCs – the Alliance of the Small Island States and that will go through our link also with G77 plus China,” he said.

Mr Seruiratu said each of the countries have their own scenarios as well, there will be some bottlenecks as well as some challenges.

“But, we will discuss technology, new innovation and gaps in technology.”

Adding onto that, Mr Connor said the conference was focussed on the big solutions we need to the big challenges at hand.

“This is about bringing not just the actors but also the non-party actors,” he said.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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