Today I announce $6 million in funding to support Fiji's Presidency of the 23rd Conference of Parties (COP23) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
Fiji will be the first Small Island Developing State to hold the Presidency. It will play a leading role in developing rules to implement the Paris Agreement to ensure global action against climate change, and bring Pacific perspectives to discussions.
Australia's assistance will comprise $4 million to support the establishment and operation of Fiji's COP23 secretariat and $2 million to support regional consultations that will ensure all Pacific countries have an opportunity to contribute to Fiji's Presidency.
One hundred and forty five countries have ratified the Paris Agreement. COP 23 will showcase steps countries are taking toward a low-emissions, climate-resilient global economy.
Over the next four years, Australia will provide $300 million to Pacific countries to tackle climate change, including $75 million for disaster preparedness. This complements Australia's contribution of $200 million over four years to the Green Climate Fund.
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