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Kubuabola Meets Climate Chief

New York
Monday, September 23, 2013

The Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola today met with Ms Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) at the margins of the 68th Session of the United Nations General Assembly.

Ratu Inoke and Ms. Figueres discussed the developments thus far in the ongoing international negotiations on climate change under the UNFCCC, in particular the vital role Fiji is playing as chair of the Group of 77 and China as Parties looks forward to COP19 in Warsaw, Poland in November this year.

At the meeting, Ms Figueres discussed the views of her Secretariat regarding their major expectations for the Warsaw COP and hopes that Parties will finalize the institutional arrangements of the Convention including the Green Climate Fund, Loss and Damage Mechanism, the Climate Technology Center and Network (CTCN) and the Adaptation Fund. Ms Figueres also expressed the hopes that Warsaw will lead to the early agreement for a text of the Convention that will be agreed to by Parties in 2015.

Ms. Figueres thanked Fiji for its hosting in Nadi of two major UNFCCC Conferences, one on Loss & Damage, which looked at the implication of slow onsets of Climate Change and the Adaptation Fund, a funding mechanism under the UNFCCC.

In his response, Minister Kubuabola reassured the Executive Secretary that as the Chair of G77 and China, Fiji will do its utmost to see that the Group do its best to assist the Climate Change negotiations process arrive at a positive outcome in Poland.


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