Prime Minister (PM), Charlot Salwai, and the Minister of Climate Change (MOCC), Ham Lini, are leading a 30-member delegation from Vanuatu to the annual Conference of the Parties (COP23) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Bonn, Germany.

The United Nations (UN) Climate Change Conference will open on November 6 (today), with an anticipated attendance of around 20,000 to 25,000.

A total of 197 member states of the UNFCCC will be coming together in Bonn to talk and carry out climate change negotiations.

This is not the first time for Germany to host the conference.

But this year’s event is very special for the Pacific Island countries who are greatly affected by global warming and climate change.

Fiji’s Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama will be serving as the president of COP23 on behalf of all small Pacific island countries.

PM Salwai will be presenting a statement during the high level segment in the main plenary hall of the conference venue on November 15.

This session is usually attended by dignitaries and senior officials like heads of governments. It is when parties deliver their statements to the world.

This year’s COP is organised by the Bonn-based UN Climate Secretariat (UNFCCC), with support rendered by the German Federal Government, the State of North Rhine-Westphalia and the City of Bonn.

The 30-member delegation from Vanuatu includes: Parliamentary Secretariat to the MOCC, Albert Williams, Director General (DG) of MOCC, Jesse Benjamin, MOCC’s First Political Advisor Clifford Bice, Director General of the Ministry of Finance and Economic Management, August Letlet, Advisor of the Ministry of Climate Change, Zoe Touteniaki Ayong and Head of the United Nations Division at the Foreign Affairs, Sanlan William.

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