Incoming COP President – Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama

Frank Bainimarama has been the Fijian Prime Minister since 2007. Under his leadership, Fiji has undergone a broad program of social, economic, electoral and constitutional reforms, leading up to the establishment of Fiji’s first genuine parliamentary democracy of equal votes of equal value in 2014.

The Prime Minister and incoming COP23 President is one of the leading global voices calling on the international community to commit to more ambitious targets to curb the carbon emissions that are warming our planet. Joining his fellow leaders from the Pacific, he is committed to drawing global attention to the impact climate change is having on vulnerable communities, including Pacific Islanders and the residents of other Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and low-lying areas of the world.

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Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum – Minister Responsible for Climate Change

Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum is the Fijian Attorney-General and the Minister responsible for climate change. Mr. Sayed-Khaiyum oversaw the creation of a climate change unit in the Office of the Attorney-General to examine legal matters pertaining to climate change that are often omitted from public discussion.

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Ambassador Nazhat Shameem Khan – Chief Negotiator

Nazhat Shameem Khan is Fiji’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva. In her position as Chief Negotiator for the COP23 Presidency, Ambassador Khan will be overseeing the formal negotiating process on behalf of the Fijian Presidency.

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Minister Inia Seruiratu – High-Level Climate Champion

Inia Seruiratu is Fiji’s Minister for Agriculture, Rural & Maritime Development, and National Disaster Management. As Fiji’s High-Level Climate Champion, Minister Seruiratu is responsible for advancing the Global Climate Action Agenda together with his Co-Champion from Morocco.

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Ambassador Deo Saran – Climate Ambassador

Deo Saran is Fiji’s Ambassador to the Kingdom of Belgium, Permanent Representative to the European Union and Special Envoy to the UNFCCC. He serves as the incoming Fijian Presidency’s Climate Ambassador.

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John Connor – Executive Director of Presidency Secretariat

John Connor is Executive Director of COP23 Presidency Secretariat. He has spent over twenty five years working on public policy with a focus on climate, environment and development issues.

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Amena Yauvoli – Pacific Special Representative

Amena Yauvoli is the Director General for the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG). As the COP23 Presidency’s Pacific Special Representative, Ambassador Yauvoli is responsible for outreach to and engagement with other Pacific island countries and territories.

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Christine Fung – Special Adviser to the Climate Champion

Christine Fung is the Land Use Planning and Facilitation Specialist and the Deputy Team Leader for the SPC/GIZ. She serves as the special adviser to the High-Level Climate Champion in how to implement the Global Climate Action Agenda.

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Peniana Lalabalavu – Chief Coordinator

Peniana Lalabalavu is the Deputy Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM). She serves as the Chief Coordinator for the COP23 Presidency, where she is the main point of contact with the Fijian Government, is responsible for development for the cultural programme and ensures the smooth running of the office.

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Akini Qauqau – Fijian Cultural Manager

Akini Qauqau is the Chief Assistant Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister. He is seconded to the COP23 Presidency as the Fijian Culture Manager, responsible for the development and implementation of Fijian cultural displays, performances and activities on all COP23 related events.

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Taholo Kami – Special Adviser, Pacific Partnerships and International Civil Society

Taholo Kami is serving the COP23 Presidency Secretariat as the Special Adviser for Pacific Partnerships and International Civil Society, where is responsible for the creation of effective Pacific partnerships and the engagement of civil society.

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Raumanu Pranjivan-Sharma – Fijian Liaison Officer

Raumanu Pranjivan-Sharma is a Senior Legal Officer in the Office of the Attorney-General. She serves as the Liaison for the COP23 Presidency at the UNFCCC Headquarters in Bonn, Germany and will be working closely with the UNFCCC on the preparations for COP23.

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