Constructive Atmosphere Presides at COP23 Preparatory Meeting in Rabat

On the 8th of September, more than 40 countries joined the informal meeting of the Heads of Delegations in Rabat, Morocco, to prepare for the upcoming UN Climate Change Conference (COP23). The meeting was organised by the government of Morocco and was co-chaired by Fiji, the incoming COP23 Presidency.

The two-day meeting in Rabat opened in a very constructive spirit with opening remarks from COP22 President Salaheddine Mezouar, incoming COP23 President Frank Bainimarama, via video message, and UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa, who all shared the common determination to work at full speed toward the implementation of the Paris Agreement.

The meeting began with discussions on states’ expectations for COP23, which were chaired by the Chief Negotiator for Morocco, Ambassador Aziz Mekouar, and the Chief Negotiator for Fiji, Ambassador Nazhat Shameem Khan.

Ambassador Khan highlighted that Parties have a responsibility to deliver on the Paris Agreement Implementation Guidelines to accelerate the transition towards safe and resilient low carbon economies.

“Our task is immense and challenging, but I am confident that we can build a high level of trust among Parties to reach an agreement on the most difficult issues. More than ever, we need to work together and show our determination and collective commitment to global climate action,” the Ambassador said.

The meeting also presented an overview of the activities of the Climate Champions, with remarks from Hakina El Haite and Minister Inia Seruiratu. Fiji’s Civil Society Focal Point, Ambassador Deo Saran, also stressed the importance of engagement between the Parties and observers and the deep sense of shared leadership and global cooperation.