Minister for International Development and the Pacific, SenatorĀ the HonĀ Concetta Fierravanti-Wells will visit Samoa from 11 to 13 December for the largest climate finance meeting to ever be held in the Pacific.

"I am proud of the leadership of Australia and Samoa to attract international climate finance to the Pacific by co-hosting the fifteenth meeting of the Green Climate Fund Board in Apia. Australia will support climate resilience finance and emergency preparedness initiatives in the Pacific region," the Minister said.

Minister Fierravanti-Wells will deliver the introductory address for delegates attending the 15th meeting of the Board of the Green Climate Fund. Australia and Samoa are leading efforts to attract international climate finance to the Pacific which has the most vulnerable countries in the world to the effects of climate change.

"While in Apia, I will also announce $1 million in Australian funding for the PacSAFE Program to help emergency planners and responders manage natural disasters.

I will visit Samoa's National Emergency Operations Centre and see first-hand the work of Australian Volunteers for International Development and Australian Civilian Corps specialists helping Samoa to prepare for natural disasters.

I will meet the Head of State, His Highness Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi and senior officials to discuss issues related to climate change and gender equality.

I will visit the construction site of Samoa's new parliament house, a flagship initiative under Australia's aid program that will contribute to Samoa's political stability and robust democracy.

This will be my third visit to Samoa as Minister for International Development and the Pacific".

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