Samoa’s Environment Minister Moderates Ministerial Discussions on Climate Finance in Copenhagen


Samoa was represented by Hon. Toeolesulusulu Cedric Schuster, Minister for Natural Resources, Environment and Tourism at the Copenhagen Climate Ministerial Meeting held on 20 and 21 March.

Meeting of Environment Ministers of the world, Copenhagen, March 2023.

On the first day of the Copenhagen meeting, Hon Toeolesulusulu moderated the ministerial discussions on climate finance.

The focus of the ministerial talks was the status and progress of climate and adaptation funding for Alliance Of Small Island States (AOSIS) and Pacific Small Island Developing States (PSIDS).

Government ministers from countries all over the world, responsible for climate action, conducted a stock take of the global climate agenda.

The leaders gauged the progress of actions towards adaptation, finance, loss and damage and mitigation, in preparation for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of the Parties (COP).

COP 28 will convene from 30 November to 12 December 2023 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE). It will comprise:

– the 28th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 28);

– the fifth meeting of the COP serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Paris Agreement (CMA 5);

– the 18th meeting of the COP serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP 18);

– the 59th meeting of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI 59); and

– the 59th meeting of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 59).

Yhe UNFCCC Secretariat has announced that Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology and UAE Special Envoy for Climate Change, has been appointed to serve as COP 28 President-Designate.

The COP 27 Egyptian Presidency and the Incoming COP 28 Presidency are convening informal consultations to engage governments at the ministerial, Head-of-Delegation, and technical levels to lay the groundwork “to deliver a successful COP 28 that drives global transformation towards a low-emission and climate-resilient world, fosters ambitious climate action and facilitates implementation, including the related support”.

The first Global Stocktake of the implementation of the Paris Agreement will conclude at COP 28. Each stocktake is a two-year process that happens every five years, with the aim of assessing the world’s collective progress towards achieving its climate goals. The first Global Stocktake takes place at the mid-point in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its SDGs, including Goal 13 (climate action).