Yauvoli Opens G77 Climate Talk

Bonn, Germany
Thursday, May 2, 2013

The Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Mr Amena Yauvoli, chaired and opened the first meeting for 2013 of the Group of 77 and China convened in the context of the climate change negotiations on Sunday, 29 April in Bonn, Germany.

The G77 preparatory meeting is traditionally held the day before scheduled UN climate change sessions to enable the 132-member grouping of developing countries to organize itself for the negotiations.

In his opening remarks, Mr Yauvoli assured members of G77 that under Fiji's chairmanship, all positions of the Group at the climate change negotiations will be protected. He urged the Group to " initiate discussions [at this session] in order to identify and explore options for a range of actions that can close the pre-2020 ambition gap".

Mr Yauvoli is attending the climate change negotiations being held in Bonn from 29 April to 3 May. The Bonn session is focused solely on making progress towards the establishment of a 2015 climate change agreement that would be applicable to all Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Those discussions are taking place under a working group known as the Ad-hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for enhanced action (ADP), which was launched in 2011 in Durban, South Africa.

With recent scientific reports indicating that increases in global temperature are on the verge of exceeding critical thresholds, State Parties and negotiating groups such as the G77 and AOSIS are calling for urgency in addressing the gaps that currently exist in the climate change regime.

Prior to the G77 meeting, the Fiji delegation was briefed by the UNFCCC Secretariat on Friday, 27 April to strengthen its role as G77 Chair in the context of the climate change negotiating process.

A meeting with the ADP Co-Chairs was held on 28 April for an exchange of views regarding the week-long session in Bonn and how it links up to the June session.

The Fiji delegation led by Permanent Secretary Yauvoli includes Mr Luke Daunivalu and Mr Sainivalati Navoti of the G77 team from the Fiji Mission to the UN in New York, and the Conservator of Forests, Mr Samuela Lagataki.

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