$1.5M for Pacific climate initiative

AUSTRALIAN Treasurer Scott Morrison announced that his country would contribute $A1.5 million over the next four years to “harness the talents of the next generation of climate leaders from the Pacific through training, networking and mentoring for female negotiators and policy makers”.
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Fiji Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama

Staff Reporter

Morrison made the announcement  in Denarau where he attended a ministerial meeting of parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
"I hosted with Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama of Fiji an event to celebrate women's leadership in climate change diplomacy. Since 2015, Australia has supported negotiation and leadership training for more than 80 women from the Pacific.
"This year we will support 14 alumni of this training to take their voices to the UNFCCC Conference of Parties (COP23) in Bonn - the first COP to focus on the Pacific.
"Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific countries share stewardship of the Pacific Ocean.
Accordingly, I also announced $1.38 million (2018-20) in joint Australia-New Zealand support to the Office of the Pacific Ocean Commissioner," Morrison said.
Morrison said that the Pacific Ocean Commissioner played a key role in regional advocacy and coordination on climate and ocean issues of critical importance to Pacific island communities, livelihoods, and economies.
"This funding further supports the new ‘Blue Pacific' identity, a new platform for ocean-centred Pacific diplomacy, endorsed by Pacific island leaders last month," Morrison said.
Morrison was in south-east Asia last week to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Finance Ministers Meeting in Hoi An, Vietnam from October 19 to 21.
"The upcoming meeting will be an opportunity to build on the discussions I had with my counterparts at the IMF and World Bank annual meetings, and the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank governors' meeting in Washington, but with a particular focus on the Asia-Pacific region." Morrison said.