17 Oct 2013

Pacific Ministers prepare for climate change negotiations in Poland

12:01 pm on 17 October 2013

A meeting aimed at helping Pacific Ministers to engage meaningfully at climate change negotiations began in Samoa yesterday.

Before a November meeting in Poland, Small Island Developing States have started preparing for intense negotiations.

The Prime Minister of Samoa, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, says ministers are often asked to attend negotiations with very little briefing or understanding of the salient points.

Topics discussed during the meeting include the climate science results from the 5th Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and progress towards the development of a new Climate Change treaty.

Presentations are being provided by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme, a former Lead Negotiator from Grenada, Leon Charles, and Professor Bill Hare of Climate Analytics.

The meetings will conclude today.