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First COP23 Report Presented To Committee

The first six-monthly report of the COP23 Secretariat was presented to the Public Accounts Committee in Parliament yesterday. This was between May and October last year. It was based on
21 Jun 2018 12:16
First COP23 Report Presented To Committee
COP23 Executive Director John Connor (left) presenting his submissions to the committee on June 20, 2018. Photo: Parliament Of Fiji

The first six-monthly report of the COP23 Secretariat was presented to the Public Accounts Committee in Parliament yesterday.

This was between May and October last year. It was based on key activities and expenditure from the COP23 Presidency Trust Fund.

According to the COP23 Presidency Trust Fund Act 2017, the Ministry responsible for finance must prepare a report every six months on the activities and expenditure of the Trust Fund.

COP23 Presidency Secretariat executive director John Connor presented the report to the Committee.

Last year on October 31st, a total sum of just over $25 million was received in the form of donations to the fund.

The major donors were Australia ($9.36m), European Union ($4.79m), Italy ($2.36m), India ($2.03m) and New Zealand ($1.89m).

According to the report; expenditure from May to October amounted to $11.6m leaving a balance of about $13.5m, prior to the full payment of Pre-COP and COP23 expenses in Bonn, Germnay.

Further to the annual report it showed that the Fund was not only for financing COP23 presidency activities but there were number of donor nations in keeping with their own domestic requirements.

This included USA, Norway, Switzerland, Italy (part) and the European Commission (part) which opted to make their contributions through a COP23 Project Fund in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Trust Account.

The Trust Account with the UNFCCC received almost $7m in contributions.

Some of the COP23 Presidency related expenditure that has been funded by the UNFCCC included:

  •  Travel, accommodation and per diems of the majority of the Fijian delegations to UNFCCC meetings
  •  Support for eligible countries’ participation in the September Heads of Delegation meeting in Rabat, Morocco and the October Pre-COP meeting
  •  Support for European-based staff assisting the COP23 Chief Negotiator
  •  Travel expenses of the Chief Negotiator.

Mr Connor said that the audit process for the 2016/2017 financial year was underway as raw materials were now with the Auditor-General.

He said the COP23 Secretariat accounts are on a cash basis, so that they realise expenses when they are actually paid.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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