Samoa’s PM heads to Europe for a series of meetings including COP21

The Prime Minister of Samoa, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi will be attending a series of meetings in Europe beginning with the 4th France-Oceania Summit in Paris on Thursday, November 26.

The meeting will focus discussions on ways for France to assist countries of the Oceania region, especially in achieving their sustainable development goals relating to the environment and climate change.

The President of France, Francois Hollande invited Prime Minister Tuilaepa to attend the meeting.

A statement from Samoa’s Cabinet said France will chair the upcoming COP21 meeting in Paris, and this meeting proves its support towards addressing climate change issues especially for France’s territories and citizens in the region.

The Prime Minister will then travel to Malta to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting on November 27-29.

Heads of Commonwealth states will discuss issues relating to climate change, migration, violent extremism and radicalism and sustainable development goals.

They will also vote for a new General Secretary for the Commonwealth.

Prime Minister Tuilaepa will then return to Paris for the international climate change summit where he is expected to deliver a speech at the meeting.

The main objective of the annual Conference of Parties (COP) is to review the Convention’s implementation. The meeting aims to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on climate, with the aim of keeping global warming below 2°C.

COP21 will be one of the largest international conferences ever held in the country. The conference is expected to attract close to 50,000 participants from across the world from governments, intergovernmental organisations, UN agencies, NGOs and civil society.

After COP21, the Prime Minister will meet Pope Francis on December 3 at the Vatican.

He is also scheduled to meet with the Secretary of State.


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