PNG thanks Fiji for Leading COP23 Meet
By : Post Courier
Papua New Guinea is backing Fiji as it leads preparations to host COP23, where 60 countries and its leaders will be in attendance in Bonn, Germany.
The PNG Government and its leaders have commended Fiji’s Prime Minister, Frank Bainimarama, and its people for putting their hand up to be the president of the historical event in November.
Civil Aviation Minister, Alfred Manase, represented PNG at the Pre-COP23 meeting held this week in Fiji, on behalf of the PNG Government and its people, where he met with leaders of the island nation.
“I am extremely pleased with the organisation of the Pre-COP23 meeting, which has brought together more than 60 countries,” he said.
“As this is my first overseas engagement as a State Minister, I am thankful to Prime Minister Peter O’Neill for delegating me to represent him and the country at this important global leaders meeting. I am also grateful to the Portfolio Minister, John Pundari, Minister for Environment & Conservation and Climate Change, the Minister for Finance, James Marape, and the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Rimbink Pato, for their support of my attendance at the meeting.
“These portfolios held by my colleague ministers are among other ministries involved in the implementation of the Paris Treaty.
“In my role, my attendance was very strategic and important as well, given one of the COP23 priorities was the issue on international transportation and emissions. This includes international aviation, and coincided with the agenda of the recent APEC Trade Ministers Meeting (TMM)10 concluded in PNG, two weekends ago. There is a need for us to fully understand the implications of our requirements to reduce emissions from the international aviation sector starting 2021.
“On behalf of the government of Papua New Guinea, I conveyed Papua New Guinea’s congratulations to Prime Minister Bainimarama on his role as the incoming president of COP23 and assured the government and people of Fiji that Papua New Guinea supports Fiji’s leadership and its championing of the critical climate change challenges that the Pacific Islands region faces,” Mr Manase said.