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$3.6million Funding For COP 23 Presidency

The New Zealand Government has given an additional funding of NZ$2.5 million (FJ$3.63 million) to Fiji’s COP 23 Presidency. The funding memorandum was signed by Acting Prime Minister and Attorney
20 Jun 2018 10:22
$3.6million Funding For COP 23 Presidency
Acting Prime Minister and Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum and New Zealand High Commissioner Jonathan Curr at the signing of the funding memorandum for Fiji's Presidency for COP 23 at the Ministry of Economy in Suva on June 19, 2018.

The New Zealand Government has given an additional funding of NZ$2.5 million (FJ$3.63 million) to Fiji’s COP 23 Presidency.

The funding memorandum was signed by Acting Prime Minister and Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum and the New Zealand High Commissioner Jonathan Curr at the Ministry of Economy in Suva yesterday.

“I would like to thank the New Zealand Government’s initiative, which essentially provides target funding in respective areas of focus that the Fijian presidency has brought about to the COP 23 discourse, but also in respective assistance in specific projects emanated as a result of COP 23 negotiations.”

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said that New Zealand has been a good partner for Fiji and the evidence of this could be seen in the increased number of projects between Fiji and New Zealand.

In particular with the New Zealand Government’s assistance in the areas of agriculture.

There were various climate related projects undertaken which was under the agricultural sector.

The New Zealand High Commissioner Jonathan Curr also spoke at the event and said that this funding  was for two aspects of Fiji’s COP 23 Presidency.

The first was the importance of climate change to New Zealand and the Pacific region.

“This additional contribution is also a mark of tremendous confidence in the exemplary leadership that Fiji has provided for the COP 23 Presidency and for Climate Change issues not only just regionally, but also globally, ” he said.

“Fiji’s leadership has been tremendously important to us.

“Tremendously important for the region and has provided a voice on an issue that is of critical importance to people throughout the world.”

The New Zealand Government had donated FJD$1.89 million in June, 2017 for Fiji’s COP 23 Presidency.

COP 23 Secretariat Patricia Mallam said that the contribution was used to support  the COP23 Presidency Secretariat capacity building for the Fijian Presidency and National Delegation, and assisting a focus on agriculture at COP23.

Edited by Jyoti Pratibha

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