Tuvalu’s Prime Minister, Enele Sosene Sopoaga was nominated by Fiji and supported by Marshall Islands to chair the 73rd UNESCAP Commission Session for a year, at a meeting in Bangkok last week.

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A government statement released after the election said Tuvalu will utilise the opportunity to amplify the island nation’s call for regional co-operation on the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda focussing on sustainable energy, regional and international support of the Paris Agreement, means of implementation and the call to support Fiji as co-chair of the upcoming Oceans summit in New York in June.

PM Sopoaga reiterated the need for countries to continue working together with donor partners and ESCAP and other United Nations agencies to support each other in the upcoming Conference of Parties (COP 23) in Bonn, Germany.

Tuvalu will also use the platform to advocate and report on issues relating to Climate Change, Oceans and Energy Sustainability for the betterment of Tuvalu and the Pacific.

Tuvalu’s delegation comprised the Acting Secretary to Government Fakavae Taomia, Ambassador Limasene Teatu and Moira Simmons-Avafoa.

SOURCE: PACNEWS [/restrict]