19 May 2017

NZ and Australia latest to give Fiji COP23 funds

5:01 pm on 19 May 2017
Fiji Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama addressing climate change talks consultations in Bonn, May 2017

Fiji Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama addressing climate change talks consultations in Bonn, May 2017 Photo: Supplied

New Zealand and Australia are giving Fiji more than $US5m to help it host the next international climate change talks known as COP23.

According to a budget on Fiji's newly unveiled COP23 website, Fiji's presidency of the negotations in Germany in November is estimated to cost $US26.7 million.

Australia announced yesterday it would commit $US4.28 million and it has specified some of it should go to support consultations with other Pacific island countries.

New Zealand's government will give nearly US$900,000 and the country's climate change ambassador, Jo Tyndall, will also be made available as an on-call adviser for Fiji.

Fiji earlier expressed disappointment funding had not been forthcoming for the talks which are seen as crucial in maintaining momentum on the Paris Agreement.

New Zealand's Foreign Minister Gerry Brownlee said the conference would be important to maintain momentum in negotiating the rules to bring the Paris Agreement into effect.

Australia's Minister for International Development and the Pacific Concetta Fierravanti-Wells said two thirds of the funds were to support Fiji's COP23 secretariat and the remainder were for supporting consultations among Pacific island countries, to ensure they could all contribute to the presidency.

Fiji said it had already received funding from China, the United States, the European Union and Germany, and organisations such as UNDP and the Asian Development Bank.