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Ambassador controls negotiations

Elenoa Baselala
Monday, December 07, 2015

FIJI played an influential role in the approval for the establishment of a capacity-building committee, which has been under negotiation by parties for the past four years.

Our ambassador for climate change, Amena Yauvoli, had to intervene as chairperson of the Subsidiary Implementation Body of the United Nations Framework for Climate Change (UNFCC) after parties failed to reach a decision after a 36-hour marathon negotiation in Paris.

Negotiations were on capacity-building under the Convention and the Kyoto Protocol.

Capacity-building has been part of the UNFCC negotiating process since its inception two decades ago with the recognition that a country cannot mitigate or adapt to climate change without first having the capacity to do so.

Under the convention, there are already committees to support developing countries in climate finance as well as technology, but none on capacity building.

"We question the motives and delaying tactics in this issue and we even question whether we all came here willing to reach a conclusion on this matter," a representative of Swaziland said on behalf of the G77 group.

"We call for urgent work in this matter and stress that the developing world can no longer wait for an outcome on this matter.

"This is sending a clear signal to the whole world that developed countries are not in a position to assist developing countries contribute to the implementation of the convention."

Mr Yauvoli walked into the negotiation room and relieved co-facilitators Bubu Jallow (The Gambia) and Kunihiko Shimada (Japan) from chairing the meeting. He reminded the parties that they had been negotiating for the establishment of a capacity-building committee for the past four years.

One of our seasoned negotiators, Mr Yauvoli controlled the negotiation by allowing parties equal speaking opportunities.

While some bigger and developed countries opposed the establishment of the committee, the Alliance of Small Island States (OASIS) were in favour because capacity building was needed within the bloc.

Some negotiators even assumed Mr Yauvoli railroaded them to make a decision.

"For the spirit of constructiveness, Japan is pleased to continue the draft decision on capacity-building at the COP," a representative from Japan said.

"However, unfortunately, we have to express our serious concerns and disappointment regarding the process of the way in which the discussion was conducted at the SBI. Japan is happy to continue its work on the important issue of capacity-building together with its partners."








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