Pavilion to highlight Pacific climate fight

The Pacific and Koronivia Pavilion. Picture: SUPPLIED

THE opening of the Pacific and Koronivia Pavilion occurred at the 24th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in Poland with more than 20,000 delegates and participants from around the Pacific and the world.

The pavilion will showcase events highlighting Pacific innovation and climate action.

The pavilion is a unique partnership between the COP23 presidency of Fiji, with support from the New Zealand government and the Pacific’s regional agencies which include the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and the agencies of the Council of Regional Organisations of the Pacific namely the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat through the Office of the Pacific Ocean Commissioner, the Pacific Community (SPC) and the Pacific Islands Development Forum.

Inia Seruiratu, COP23 high level climate champion of global action, and Minister for Defence and National Security, was featured during the opening on behalf of Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama.

Mr Seruiratu thanked the government of New Zealand while acknowledging the support from all regional agencies.

“This is a unique partnership we have forged, and through it we have the opportunity to highlight the particular vulnerability of Pacific islanders to climate change and spread the word about our collective mitigation and adaptation efforts,” said Mr Seruiratu Anna Broadhurst, Climate Change Unit manager, and head of delegation for the Government of New Zealand, congratulated Fiji for leaving a successful legacy for COP24.

Mr Seruiratu said the Government had expressed its intention to continue playing a lead role in the area of climate change, especially in the talanoa dialogues that have occurred not only at COP but around the world.

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