Tarawa Climate Change Conference

World leaders confirm Tarawa forum

Tarawa Climate Change ConferenceOffice of the President, Tarawa, Kiribati, 26 October 2010—Kiribati’s conference on Climate Change, designated the Tarawa Climate Change Conference (TCCC) is now geared up to get underway from the 9th to 11th November after the confirmation of participation of 15 countries, with more expected to confirm in the coming days.

UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christina Figueres has also conveyed her consideration in joining this TCCC gathering and once this is confirmed, is expected to deliver a statement on the status of negotiations to date in the lead up to Cancun, Mexico later this year.

“UNFCCC presence, being the key steering arm in shaping negotiations and agreements on climate change is vital at the meeting on Tarawa moreover as UNFCCC meetings in recent months have progressed positively tying in perfectly with the intentions of the Tarawa Conference.” A report from the President’s Office said.

Earlier this month at the UNFCCC meeting in Tianjin, China, governments have made progress in defining what can be achieved at the UN Climate Conference in Cancun.

Ms Figueres pointed out the critical importance of “turning dry texts into a set of keys that unlock a new level of climate action – among rich and poor, business and consumers, governments and citizens.”

TCCC is intended to be the final stepping block to consolidate common interest among countries on the issue of climate change outside of the UNFCCC process and therefore the outcomes could be considered as contributions to the sessions in Cancun.

In a joint press conference on the final day of the Tianjin meeting, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christina Figueres and Mexican Foreign Minister and incoming President of COP16, Patricia Espinosa said that “the outcomes of this year’s conferences can truly be the start of a new era of cooperative global climate action.” They added that Cancun can and should be a very significant step forward.

The TCCC will however, provide a realistic advantage for participants aside from the meeting as they will have time to witness the brunt of climate change experienced in this atoll nation.

“Countries which have confirmed their arrival in Tarawa for the meeting are Australia, Canada, China, Cuba, European Union, India, Japan, Maldives, New Zealand, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, United Kingdom and the United States (USA),” the report added.

More countries will be confirming their participation by early next week while organizations such as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), UNFCC, Australia‐based Pacific Calling Partnership, Pacific Council of Churches, World Bank, and the regional environment body – SPREP have confirmed their participation in the meeting.

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