Minister Seruiratu meets French Climate Change Team.

Minister Seruiratu meets French Climate Change Team.

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Fiji’s Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management Minister, Inia Seruiratu, the High Level Climate Champion, was received on 13 January 2017 in Paris by several Climate Team advisers with the diplomatic adviser to the Minister Environment, Stephane Crouzat in view of the Fiji presidency of COP23 in Bonn in November . Minister Seruiratu was accompanied by the Ambassador of Fiji accredited to France, Mr. Deo Saran.

The climate team congratulated Fiji on their forthcoming COP23 presidency and shared its experience with the French COP21 presidency in Paris in November 2015, which continued with a strong French mobilization until the opening of the COP22 in Marrakech in November 2016.

Discussions also focused on the role of the High-Level Champion, with the Climate Team suggesting an emphasis on the "Agenda for Action", a cooperative platform open to states and non-state actors, cities, regions, companies and representatives of civil society. The objective is to realize the climate commitments and maintain the momentum generated by the success of COPs 21 and 22.

The Climate Team stressed the importance of small island countries in climate change negotiations. Discussions focused on the current phase of implementation of the Paris Agreement and the preparation of the first global review, with assessments planned for 2018.

The French climate team responded favorably to the request for support to the Fijian presidency, whose modalities and areas of intervention are being identified.

Published on 03/02/2017

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