The meeting commenced on November 16th and ended on Wednesday, November 18th 2017.
The Pre-COP meeting is the informal Ministerial level meeting prior to the main United Nations Climate Change Meeting (COP 23) in Bonn, Germany in November.
Manasseh also participated at the Pacific Small Islands Developing States (PSIDS) consultation on 16 October 2017.
“At this meeting, I joined leaders and representatives of all Pacific Islands States to resolve, among other things, the region’s united political will as well as support and confidence to Fiji’s Presidency for the Upcoming COP 23, to collectively and aggressively pursue the region’s climate agenda at the COP, and reiterate our unfailing commitment to the implementation of the Paris Agreement,” says Manasseh.
PSIDS members agreed on the urgency for action and were confident that much will be achieved under Fiji’s presidency.
This is the first time the COP presidency has been given to a Pacific Island state, hence all PSIDS countries expressed solidarity and ownership to Fiji’s presidency as the region’s hosting of this important and crucial global event, which is more importantly a matter of survival for many of our people.