Today I will attend a ministerial meeting of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Denarau, hosted by the Government of Fiji.

Fiji’s Presidency of the 23rd Conference of Parties (COP23) of the UNFCCC is an important opportunity to highlight the Pacific’s climate change issues on the world stage.

Australia is working in the Pacific to promote practical action on climate change, including by building partnerships between stakeholders and identifying initiatives to help countries implement their national climate change strategies.

Australia recognises the significant impact climate change will have on the Pacific. 

As a close neighbour and an integral part of the region, we actively support the Pacific through COP23, including providing $6 million of funding to support Fiji’s COP23 Presidency.

Australia is strongly committed to the Paris Agreement and joining effective global action to address climate change impacts.

Australia supports Fiji’s efforts to make progress on the Paris Agreement implementation rules, which are due for conclusion at the end of 2018.

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