The presidency at next year's UN Climate Conference (COP23) will pass to Fiji, with the event to be physically hosted in Bonn, Germany. Fiji submitted a bid for the presidency at COP22 in Marrakesh, which rapidly gained support from other Pacific island nations. Sources close to the negotiation process confirm that an announcement of Fiji's successful bid will be made later this week.
The November 2017 conference will physically be held in Bonn, Germany, alleviating the resource burden of such a large event on the small island nation. Bonn houses the headquarters of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
International water advocacy groups have praised the 2016 Moroccan presidency for its role in elevating the profile of water challenges in the international climate discourse. Morocco is a developing world nation with a keen awareness of water scarcity challenges.
Fiji's water challenges include severe seasonal scarcity, and rising sea levels caused by climate change.
The Prime Minister of Fiji, Frank Bainimarama, who is participating in Marrakesh at COP22, this week issued a plea to US President-elect, Donald Trump, to show leadership and reconsider his well-reported skepticism about the reality of climate change.
Bainimarama said he is particularly alarmed by reports the US will consider withdrawing from the Paris Agreement - a move he said would be disastrous for every person on earth, and issued an invitation to Trump to visit Fiji to see first hand the impacts on the island of rising sea levels and extreme weather events.
There has been strong speculation that it was "Asia's turn" to preside over the next COP, succeeding Marrakesh (COP22), Paris (COP21), Lima (COP20) and Warsaw (COP19).