Government of the Federated States of Micronesia

Climate Change Negotiation Talks Begin in Copenhagen

Palikir, Pohnpei (FSM Information Services): December 15, 2009 - From December 7- 18, 2009, the world will come together in Copenhagen, Denmark for the United Nations Framework for the Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) 15th Conference of the Parties (COP15). The Pacific Islands have large delegations attending this conference as they continue their call for global temperature increases to be limited to 1.5 degrees Celsius. Already in Copenhagen from the Federated States of Micronesia is Mr. Andrew Yatilman, Director of the FSM Office of Environment and Emergency Management, Mr. Jackson Soram, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affaris; Multilateral Affairs, and Ambassador Masao Nakayama of the FSM Embassy to the United Nations. Along with the FSM delegation are other delegates funded by NGO groups and include Asterio Takesy, Marstella Jack, MJ Mace, Elise Stull, Dennis Clare and Shira Honig.

President Mori is currently on his way to the High-level segment that is scheduled to begin on December 16-18, 2009. He has been invited to stop in Germany, by the Hon. Reinhard Silberberg, State Secretary of the Federal Foreign Office of Germany, to meet with him and other officials to discuss COP15 issues on December 14 & 15. Accompanying the President is Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Lorin S. Robert and the Director of the Office of Statistics, Budget, Overseas Development Assistance and Compact Management, Mr. Fabian Nimea.

Although the FSMPIO is not attending the conference to provide news coverage, six Pacific journalists are in Copenhagen to provide media and communications advice for both the largest known Pacific delegation ever, as well as to the 42-member Alliance of Small Islands States (AOSIS). This group will feed information back to the small island nations of the world and to Pacific newsrooms. To access the blogs that these Pacific journalists post on a daily basis, please visit the following website: http://www.climatepasifika.blogspot.com/.


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