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Joint media release
Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Julie Bishop MP
Minister for the Environment and Energy, the Hon Josh Frydenberg MP
This week during Fiji's COP23 Presidency, Australia will provide additional support to key climate initiatives to help Pacific countries mitigate and adapt to climate change and meet their climate goals.
Convened under the Presidency of Fiji, the 2017 UN Climate Change Conference of Parties (COP) will make history as the first-ever small island state COP. The negotiations will take place from 6 to 17 November at the World Conference Center in Bonn.
To support the ambitions of the Paris Agreement, the Bank Group is ramping up action around key focus areas such as mobilizing climate finance and supporting vulnerable countries to build resilience to climate impacts.
Wednesday 4 October 2017 (Fiji and Pacific Islands)–“Violence against women (VAW) is a significant economic issue which carries high costs to individuals, households, the public sector, businesses and society,” said Abby Erikson, Programme Manager of UN Women Fiji Multi-Country Office’s (MCO) Ending Violence Against Women (EVAW) programme.
“However, we cannot lose sight of VAW as a violation of human rights - women have a right to live a life free from violence, beyond any economic justification for it,” added Ms Erikson.