TUVALU RE-ELECTED TO CLIMATE CHANGE BUREAU
6th December 2003
Tuvalu has once again been re-elected as the Representative of the Alliance of
Small Islands States (AOSIS) to the Bureau of the United Nations Conference on
Climate Change. In elections held at the Ninth Session of the Conference of the
Parties (COP9) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, currently
underway in Milan, Italy, the name of Tuvalu was unanimously re-endorsed by all
small islands States for another term as their representative in the Bureau.
The Bureau’s main function is to oversee the whole work of the UN Conference on
Climate Change to ensure vital climate change issues are properly addressed. The
Bureau is made up of representatives from all major regions of the world and one
representative from the small island States. This is Tuvalu’s second term in the
In reports from the COP9, Tuvalu is leading the AOSIS to push hard for the
industrialized countries not only to reduce their emissions of green house
gasses (GHG’s) to below 1990 levels, but also to provide adequate funding to
help small islands States adapt to, and cope with the devastating effects of
climate change. Three funds from which Tuvalu can directly benefit for its
projects have already been agreed and established: the Adaptation Fund, the
Least Developed Countries Fund, and the Special Climate Change Fund.
Tuvalu Delegation at COP9 comprises of H.E. Mr Enele S. Sopoaga, Permanent
Representative of Tuvalu to the United Nations, Mr Ian Fry, International
Environmental Adviser, and Mr Poni Faavae, Climate Change Officer.
According to Ambassador Sopoaga, “The world can hear our voice on help for
climate change. But we must go out there and work with them for that help.”