President  Tommy Remengesau is attending the 2017 Ministerial Dialogue in Fiji,  known as Pre-COP, ahead of the upcoming Conference the Parties for Climate Change.

The event is being held at the Sheraton/Westin Resort on Denarau Island, in Nadi, Fiji, 17-18 October.   [restrict]

For the first time, this year’s COP will be presided over by a small island developing country – Fiji.

A separate Partnerships Day was held yesterday  to bring together Parties and non-State actors to emphasize activities of the Grand Coalition, the Climate Action Program and the Climate Action Pacific

Remenegsau accepted the invitation of Fiji Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama who said that his participation in the Pre-COP is important to  “enable high-level political discussions on the main elements of the COP23 negotiations in preparation for the upcoming Conference meetings in Bonn, Germany.”

“As you know the early entry into force of the Paris Agreement in November last year represented a historic milestone in the global efforts to address climate change and revealed the near universal support for a cooperative, inclusive and multilateral approach to this challenge, “ Bainamarama said in his letter to Remengesau.

In his United Nations General Assembly address last month said that the Climate change impact is a “ticking time bomb, no one knows when or where the next disaster will strike – but we are a keenly aware that it can wipe out years of progress in a span of hours.”

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

President Remengesau is accompanied by Ambassador Ngedikes Olai Uludong,  PNMS Director Keobel Sakuma and Climate Change Coordinator Joe Aitaro. (B. Carreon)