The University of the South Pacific hosted a three-day Pre-COP training as part of the European Union-funded intra-ACP GCCA+ Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change and Resilience Building (PACRES) program to assist in capacity building and preparing USP students for the upcoming COP27 Negotiations in Egypt.
A total of 24 students attended the three-day training, which was conducted both face-to-face and via Zoom.
This year, the USP EU PACRES program is funding four USP students to attend the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of Parties (COP) in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, from November 7 to November 18, 2022, with a strong representation from Fiji, the Solomon Islands, Tonga, and Tuvalu.
Linda Vaike, USP PACRES Acting Project Team Leader, stated, “We are truly grateful to the European Union’s support through the PACRES Programme for supporting the Pre-COP training for our students.”
“The training is important because it helps build the capacity of students from across the region in climate change negotiations and the various thematic areas that they will be dealing with at the highest level of climate change negotiations,” she added. The students have the opportunity to hear from seasoned negotiators who shared their experiences with COP processes as well as key insights into what the students can expect at COP27.”
“COP is such a major event that to be effective as a participant one has to really do their research before going,” said Moe Paulo, a Tuvaluan participant in the Pre-COP training.
“As a full-time student, doing research on top of schoolwork can be overwhelming; thankfully, USP EU-PACRES has filled in so many gaps needed to enhance my understanding and confidence in knowing more about COP, the process, and the many thematic areas that are important to our Pacific region.”
The USP EU PACRES programme works with P-ACP governments to support young student negotiators in attending UNFCCC Conference of Parties events.
The USP component of the EU-funded Intra-ACP GCCA+ PACRES programme is implemented in partnership with the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), the Pacific Community (SPC), and the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS).