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11.04.2017

Germany supports the Fiji Islands in preparing UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn

This year, Fiji holds the Presidency of COP23. The conference will take place in Bonn, the seat of the UN Climate Change Secretariat, from 6 to 17 November.

Environment State Secretary Jochen Flasbarth is meeting with the Fijian government

This year, Fiji holds the Presidency of COP23. The conference will take place in Bonn, the seat of the UN Climate Change Secretariat, from 6 to 17 November. The German government supports the presiding state in organising and implementing the biggest UN conference. Today, Environment State Secretary Jochen Flasbarth is meeting the Prime Minister of the Republic of the Fiji Islands Josaia Vorege Bainimarama and relevant ministers as part of the conference preparations.

Jochen Flasbarth remarked: "On an island state like Fiji, one is made even more aware of the imminent threat posed by climate change and the urgent need for action. I am looking forward to further talks with high-level government representatives and to continuing our good cooperation."

The conference aims to boost the Paris Agreement adopted in 2015 and to initiate specific measures to protect the climate. The talks will not only focus on the further development of the legal framework of the Paris Agreement but also on the interests of especially vulnerable small island states and their capabilities with regard to adaptation. Civil society groups and companies are invited to participate in the conference as well.

Fiji holds the Presidency of the conference and Germany is the technical host.

Environment State Secretary Jochen Flasbarth: "In light of the current geopolitical situation, at the COP the international community wants to demonstrate that the implementation of the Paris Agreement is irreversible."

11.04.2017 | Pressreport No. 119/17 | Climate