The PACRES USP component supports facilitation of, and participation in preparatory trainings for COP events, including Pre-COP Trainings and SPREP-led negotiator trainings. Working with P-ACP governments, PACRES supports young negotiators for participation in UNFCCC Conference of Parties events.
PACRES supported six student participants, three women and three men, for COP 25 in Madrid, Spain over 25 November–13 December 2019. These participants were citizens of, and formed part of the following Pacific Delegations: Fiji, Solomon Islands and Tonga. These participants were supported by a six-member backstopping team based in Suva, Fiji. On 9 March 2020, PACRES USP organised a post-COP seminar for the PACRES supported student participants. At the seminar the participants shared their experiences at COP 25 in Madrid, Spain. Representatives from the EU, H.E. Mr. Sujiro Seam, Ambassador to the Delegation of the European Union for the Pacific and H.E. Mr. Daniel Montilla, Charge de affaires, Embassy of Spain, were among the seminar audience.
A total of 25 participants, 16 women and nine men, were trained on COP processes during a three-day training session, held from 15–17 October 2019, at USP’s Statham Campus, Suva, Fiji. The Pre-COP Training session was officially opened by His Excellency Mr. Sujiro Seam, Ambassador, Delegation of the EU for the Pacific, on 15 October 2019. Among those present at the opening event were, the Intra-ACP GCCA+ PACRES project COP 25 participants, Prof. Derrick Armstrong, Deputy Vice Chancellor Research & Innovation, USP, Ms. Deborah Sue, Director Forest Resource Assessment & Conservation, Fiji Ministry of Forestry, EU representatives for the Intra-ACP GCCA+ PACRES project, the USP PACRES team, SPC, USP representatives of the GCCA+ Scaling-up Pacific Adaptation (SUPA) project, representatives of USP Pacific-European Union Marine Partnership Programme (PEUMP) project, and Civil Society Organisations (CSO). A range of topics were covered during the training including Pacific Small Islands Developing States (PSIDS) priorities for COP 25, climate policy, climate science, COP structure and processes, communication and visibility. The training sessions were facilitated by 15 professionals, six females and nine males.
In addition, PACRES USP supported two participants to attend the IMPACT meeting and training, in Apia Samoa from 5–7 November 2019. This Pacific Pre-COP Meeting, convened by SPREP prior to the COP events, provided a platform for Pacific negotiators to formulate a negotiation plan for the COP events. The IMPACT meeting provided an opportunity for Ms. Linda Vaike and Mr. Sione Folau to get acquainted with knowledge on multilateral climate change negotitations, which they shared with their fellow USP PACRES COP 25 participants.