New Zealand will provide a further $2.5 million to support Fiji’s ongoing presidency of the United Nations Climate Change Conference.

New Zealand remains committed to standing with Pacific countries to reduce emissions, build resilience, and achieve the Paris Agreement’s long term temperature goal, said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Fiji’s leadership in the presidency role has put an international spotlight on the vulnerability of Pacific Island nations and generated progress on important initiatives including the 2018 Talanoa Dialogue. This initiative facilitates inclusive dialogue and encourages countries to collectively raise ambition on climate change.

New Zealand’s additional support will assist Fiji to continue this work for the remainder of its COP23 Presidency and reflects our deepening partnership with Fiji. Through New Zealand’s Pacific Reset, we recognise that such partnerships with our closest neighbours will bolster our efforts to tackle priority issues facing the region, the Ministry said.

New Zealand’s $2.5 million contribution is in addition to the $1.3 million provided to Fiji when its presidency commenced in 2017.

Fiji’s presidency continues until December 2018 when the presidency will pass to Poland.