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The ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly adopted a special declaration on Climate Change at its 33rd Session held in St Julian’s, Malta on Wednesday 21st June 2017. Fiji played a key instrumental role in bringing this issue on the agenda and having the declaration adopted.

The ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly underlined that climate change is a global phenomenon, which will no doubt continue to have dramatic effects on our environment, affecting all countries. The Assembly reaffirmed its total commitment to full implementation of the Paris Agreement on climate change and calls on the global community to maintain the momentum for ambitious action.

The Assembly reaffirmed its unequivocal support for the Agreement reached at COP 21 in Paris in 2015 and therefore profoundly regreted the decision of the current US Administration to withdraw from the Paris Agreement. This decision has been met with astonishment, disappointment and outcry from the international community, which has expressed continued solidarity and commitment to implement the Paris Agreement in all its elements. Noting with satisfaction that the business community and certain States in the USA have on the whole reaffirmed their commitment to address the effects of climate change, the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly called upon the Government of the United States to review its position and re-commit itself to the Paris Agreement.

The Assembly emphasised that concerted global action is necessary to combat greenhouse gas emissions and prevent negative impacts of climate change. Delivering on the long term goals of the Paris Agreement is paramount.

The Assembly stressed that a key objective of the next UN climate conference in November this year (COP23) should be to maintain momentum and cohesiveness towards the commitment to implement the Paris Agreement and, in particular, to address the challenges faced by the most vulnerable countries, including Small Island Developing States, Least Developed Countries, land-locked countries and coastal countries.

The Assembly urged all parties and stakeholders to move forward with the economy-wide low-carbon transition measures needed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and ensure all nations are provided with the support they need for implementation, so that no one is left behind.
The Assembly commended Fiji, the incoming president for the 23rd Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 23) to the United Nations Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), for the preparations it has so far made and the leadership it is providing to ensure the success of the conference.
The Assembly stressed the need to finalise the Paris Agreement work programme by 2018, which is an indicator of how countries would implement the Paris Agreement and accelerate climate actions at the national level, contributing to the global goal. The Assembly calls for accelerated work on adaptation and access to finance, which are particularly essential for countries most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change and with special needs and low capacities.

Fiji is being represented by Hon. Ashneel Sudhakar and supported by Permanent Representative to the European Union, Ambassador Deo Saran.

The Joint Parliamentary Assembly sessions ended on Wednesday 21st June.

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