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Forum Trade Ministers Meeting comes to an End

The Pacific Islands Forum embraces a vision for a better future and prosperity for Pacific Islands’ communities through increased trade and investment. As the international trade and investment promotion agency of the Forum Secretariat, Pacific Islands Trade & Invest’s network of offices play an essential role in supporting this vision.

This story began on Wednesday 28 May 2014 when 16 members of this Forum gathered at the Kiribati House of Parliament in Ambo, Tarawa, and the Republic of Kiribati to reach a special agreement. It is special because it recognizes the relative state of development in the Pacific in terms of Technology, Capacity, Wealth, and Resources. I’d say it’s special indeed! And thank you to the Secretary General, Mr Tuiloma Neroni Slade, all the Ministers who were present, the people who assisted these Ministers. Thank you all on behalf of us, the grass roots people, for recognizing Kiribati and accepting our Minister of Commerce’s invitation Mr Binto Katia from Makin to have and to hold the Forum Trade Ministers Meeting here at yet another beautiful island in the pacific.

If you would like to learn more about the Trade Ministers Meeting please visit the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat website and I bet they have a Facebook page as well to keep you engaged.

Also visit our Facebook page Kiribati and Climate Change and like it, and also share it with others so they can see the pictures!

His Excellency President Anote Tong

Climate change a ‘whole nation approach’

During a recent visit to Australia, President Tong spoke with Nic Maclellan from Islands Business about global warming, climate migration, the Pacific Islands Forum and Kiribati’s role in regional fisheries negotiations. 

In 2010, Kiribati hosted an international conference in Tarawa to focus attention on climate impacts in the Pacific. Since then, do you think progress on a global climate treaty has stalled?

Our experience has not been entirely optimistic. After the Copenhagen meeting, there was a lot of disappointment. Much of our disappointment was based on our high expectations of what the outcomes might be. Like any major international treaty, it doesn’t happen overnight, or even after a couple of years or even ten years. I think we have major treaties in place which took decades to conclude. With the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, I don’t think we’ll conclude until we change our approach. It’s always been my contention that we’re dealing with too much detail in a document that’s highly controversial because the issues are very critical to different countries at different levels of development. My view has been to agree on a broad document and then deal with issues on a piecemeal basis. Unless we do that, our hopes for success are very dim. Quite frankly, I’m beginning to think that perhaps we should not put everything in those discussions. Perhaps, we should now begin to explore existing arrangements and simply add provisions into those agreements relating to greenhouse gas emissions and climate change.

Does this mean that negotiations should move from the UNFCCC to another body like the Major Economies Forum or G20 where the members are the major emitters of greenhouse gasses? Will this leave the Alliance of Small Islands States out of the dialogue?

I think the key to all of this is our genuine desire to resolve this. If there is a genuine desire, then we will find a way. Compromise is always possible but there has got to be a genuine desire to compromise. Without this, whatever forum we adopt, it will not work. Whatever agreement the developed countries come to, AOSIS and the other developing countries will find fault with it.

It’s a matter of finding commonalities rather than arguing over controversial issues at this time. We need to build up confidence in the way we want to head, and if we do that, then perhaps the possibilities of reaching consensus might be there.

Read the full story at www.islandsbusiness.com

Tarawa Climate Change Conference

Action declared at Ambo

Tarawa Climate Change ConferencePress release, Office of the President, Ambo, Kiribati, 12 November 2010—Kiribati’s Tarawa Climate Change Conference (TCCC) ended this week by giving birth to the Ambo Declaration (pdf), a resolution of grave concern on the climate crisis calling for an immediate action on climate change funds.

The one-day intensive talks dragged on to the late hours of the evening, before delegates from frontline states such as the Maldives and the Marshall Islands and major developing nations, including Brazil and China, agreed on 18 points.

The 18 points of the Ambo Declaration recorded the signatories ‘ concerns on the urgency of the climate crisis calling for immediate access to adaptation funds to meet and address current and projected impacts of climate change.

In a press conference at the end of the day, Kiribati leader and Chair of the Tarawa Climate Change Conference—President Anote Tong, told reporters that the Ambo Declaration will contribute hopefully to some positive steps forward in the Cancun negotiations which is just weeks away.

“I am realistic enough to understand that the process will go on for quite some time, the negotiations will carry on but I also believe that there is sufficient conscience and good will existing in this global community at least to address the urgent issues now.” President Tong said.

In a nation where one can throw a stone and actually hit the other side of the island, the climate crisis will be an issue Kiribati will never tire of raising and while the climate talks on Tarawa may have put the drowning atoll nation on the map, this will not promise its continued existence.

“The message we are trying to make here very clearly is that we are running out of time and as long the global community continues to debate, it may be too late for some countries.” President Tong added.

With the failed talks in Copenhagen, the hope now is up for Cancun as the adoption of the Ambo Declaration is in itself, a foretaste of what can be achieved in Cancun.

The Ambo Declaration was adopted by 12 countries namely Australia, Brazil,  China, Cuba, Fiji, Japan, Kiribati, Maldives, Marshall Islands, New Zealand, Solomon Islands and Tonga. The United States, the United Kingdom and Canada, who also attended the conference, chose not to be part of the declaration by taking Observer status.

Download a copy of the Ambo Declaration (pdf)

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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.

For further information and media accreditation for TCCC, please contact the Press Liaison Unit, Office of Te Beretitenti,  rterubea@ob.gov.ki or rimon@ob.gov.ki
The media accreditation deadline is 1 November 2010. Accreditation procedure and forms can be obtained from the TCCC Website.
Tarawa Climate Change Conference

Kiribati to host world climate forum

Press Release – His Excellency the President of Kiribati Mr Anote Tong is pleased to host the next session of the Climate Vulnerable Forum, designated the Tarawa Climate Change Conference, which will be held in Tarawa, the capital of the atoll nation of Kiribati, from the 9th to the 11th November.  The conference will bring together selected representatives from the key negotiating groups within the UNFCCC process to attend a one day high level conference on climate change.

The Climate Vulnerable Forum was initiated by the Republic of the Maldives in 2009 to bring together countries that were particularly susceptible to the adverse impacts of climate change to discuss ways in which they could proactively prepare for and address these impacts.  This included an initiative to provide input to the wider climate change debate that was hoped would culminate in a conclusion that would be legally binding to all parties to the convention in Copenhagen at the end of 2009.

It is now widely acknowledged that the Conference of the Parties in Copenhagen was not able to produce the outcomes that were expected in regards to addressing the substantive issues of climate change at the global level. Primarily it fell short in producing an agreement that could be binding on the part of all Parties to the Convention. As such, global attention is now turning to Cancun at the end of the year to facilitate such an agreement; however, the reality to date suggests there is little evidence that this will be realized.

Nevertheless it is important to realize that there has been some progress in global negotiations since Copenhagen and it is now necessary to maintain any momentum that has been gained. It is to this end that the Climate Vulnerable Forum continues to highlight and consolidate those points that can be agreed upon in the next Conference of the Parties. Should these points not be able to be translated into action in the immediate term, they must continue to feature in the global negotiations process and lead the way forward towards a future agreement.

The ultimate purpose of the TCCC is to agree on these points of common interest between key negotiating groups and forge a path in which Parties to the UNFCCC can move towards action in addressing the impacts of climate change on the most vulnerable states.  This is in recognition of the fact that progress is required on the ground to address the impacts that are already felt and are expected to worsen with time. Consequently it is important that while discussions are ongoing on the main points of difference, these should not prevent what can be agreed and acted upon now.

For more information, contact: Mr Michael Foon, Tarawa Climate Change Secretariat, Office of Te Beretitenti (President),  P.O.Box 68, Tarawa Republic of Kiribati. Tel: +686 21183, fax:+686 21902 or email: mfoon@ob.gov.ki