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Assembly Lauds PM’s Role At COP23 Meeting

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama’s leadership at the COP23 meeting was commended at the Eighth Session of the Assembly of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) at Abu Dhabi, United Arab
20 Jan 2018 11:00
Assembly Lauds PM’s Role At COP23 Meeting
Fiji delegation to the 8th Assembly of IRENA, from left: Fiji Embassy Abu Dhabi’s First Secretary Solo Momoivalu, Ambassador Kamlesh Prakash, Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Vijay Nath, Deputy Secretary of Infrastructure, Puamau Sowane and Fiji Embassy Abu Dhabi’s Second Secretary, Semisi Seruitanoa at the Fiji Embassy in Abu Dhabi. Photo: Ministry Of Infrastructure and Transport.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama’s leadership at the COP23 meeting was commended at the Eighth Session of the Assembly of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) at Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates from January 13-14.

IRENA Director General Adnan Amin in his opening address commended Mr Bainimarama for his leadership of COP23 which was held in Bonn, Germany from November 6-17 last year.

A Fijian delegation led by the Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Vijay Nath took part in the high level ministerial dialogue on scaling up of renewable energy deployment in Small Island Developing States.

The IRENA Assembly is the agency’s main deliberative and decision-making body which meets annually and brings together Heads of State, Ministers, government officials, and representatives from the private sector, civil society and international organisations to advance the global renewable energy agenda and make substantive measures to step up the global energy transition.

Fiji is a member of the inter-governmental body tasked with supporting countries in making the shift to renewable energy.

Mr Nath highlighted Fiji’s commitment to the Paris Agreement to mobilise global climate action and of which Fiji has made great strides in its green growth framework and of the launching of Fiji’s 5 and 20 year National Development Plan (NDP), Fiji first ever longterm development plan launched at the COP23.

On the margins of the assembly, Mr Nath took part in a number of bilateral meetings with counterparts from Japan; the Prime Minister of the Cook Islands Henry Puna and the Minister of Infrastructure and Sustainable Energy of Kiribati, Ruateki Tekaiara.

Mr Nath updated the UAE Government on the impact of Fiji’s renewable energy projects funded by the UAE-Pacific Partnership Fund on Lakeba, Kadavu and Rotuma (LAKARO), aimed at minimising fossil fuel usage and creating fuel savings, during a special event invite by the Minister of Climate Change and Environment of the UAE, Dr Thani Ahmed Al Zeyoudi.

The LAKARO project aims to collectively avoid 722 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) each year and save 259,000 litres of diesel fuel.

A day prior to the assembly technical officials and diplomats from Fiji and the Pacific Islands attended a one-day workshop aimed at increasing awareness on the various types of renewable energy and the challenges associated with each source.

The workshop was organised by MASDAR, the implementing agency based in Abu Dhabi that provides clean energy solutions and the UAE’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

Source: Ministry Of Infrastructure and Transport

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