Fiji’s Climate Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the European Union, Ambassador Deo Saran, updated the European Heads of Climate Delegations on the latest developments regarding the preparations for this year’s UN Climate Conference (COP23) which will take place from 6 to 17 November in Bonn, Germany.
The European Heads of Climate Delegations meeting was held by Estonia as the European Union President this year.
Ambassador Saran, told the delegates that Fiji’s goal is to make COP23 a visionary COP and build trust, good will and ensure result that demonstrates our commitment to climate action and solidarity with the most vulnerable.
The European Heads of Delegation found the exchange very useful and reiterated their support for the Fijian COP23 Presidency.
Elina Bardram, Director General Climate Action Europe Commission, said, “We welcome the fact that this is the first island presidency against the backdrop of extreme weather events around the world today. Your sensitivity to the loss and damage issue will add new flavor to the way negotiations take place.”
Fiji is the first island nation to have ratified the Paris Agreement – the only global agreement to combat climate change and it is the first island nation to preside over a UN Climate Conference.
Ambassador Saran said, “As an island nation, we need to keep everybody on board to be able to survive. It is very important for Fiji that at COP23 and beyond all countries continue working together and race to overachieve on our ambitions.”