Fiji Times Logo

Fiji Time: 3:39 PM on Friday 25 July

/ Front page / News

Fiji joins GEF

Felix Chaudhary
Wednesday, November 28, 2012

VIGOROUS lobbying by the Fiji Embassy in Washington in the United States has resulted in Fiji being chosen to represent the Pacific in the Global Environment Facility (GEF) governing council.

Fiji, represented by Ambassador to the US Winston Thompson and Environment Director Jope Davetanivalu, was endorsed as alternate member for next year and council member and chairman of the Pacific Constituency in 2014.

A statement from the embassy said Fiji's campaign to represent the 17-nation constituency began in May this year.

"The success of the bid was due to the strong and vigorous lobbying of the Washington DC-based Fiji Embassy that started in early May this year and the unwavering and firm support of Pacific Island Countries," said the statement.

"Our Pacific Constituency includes the 14 PICs plus Indonesia, Philippines and Timor Leste and the appointment gives Fiji a leadership role on behalf of its members.

"This is also in line with the coordinating role given to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation for Climate Change matters within the government of Fiji."

GEF, the secretariat of which is based in Washington DC, is the largest public funder of projects to improve the global environment.

As an independently operating financial organisation, it provides grants for projects related to biodiversity, climate change, international waters, land degradation, the ozone layer and persistent organic pollutants.

GEF has provided $US10.5billion ($F18.6bn) in grants and leveraging $US51billion ($F90.3billion) in co-financing for more than 2700 projects in more than 165 countries.


Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Tafunai confident
  2. Illegal Fijians in Tonga
  3. Step down, says FLP
  4. Farms infested
  5. Yams for security
  6. Impacts of climate change and NCDs
  7. Waibola action
  8. Medical assistance
  9. Dialysis centre
  10. Hope to woo music producers

Top Stories this Week

  1. Railway soldiers Monday (21 Jul)
  2. Playing 'enemy' Tuesday (22 Jul)
  3. No 'free education', says party Wednesday (23 Jul)
  4. 911 let-down for homeowner Monday (21 Jul)
  5. Police find tyres Monday (21 Jul)
  6. Calls for support Tuesday (22 Jul)
  7. $24,000 payout a lifeline for family Tuesday (22 Jul)
  8. $70m plan Wednesday (23 Jul)
  9. Warning for teachers Thursday (24 Jul)
  10. Groenewald: Brutality video under investigation Thursday (24 Jul)