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Media Release

September 7 2012


The UK is delighted to become a member of the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), the region’s lead agency on climate and environmental issues.

The UK is proud of its longstanding historical ties with the Pacific. We share a rich relationship based on mutual respect and a set of shared values.

The UK Government is seized of the challenges faced by Pacific Island Countries in responding to climate change, and is committed to providing practical and financial support to secure the Pacific’s future.

The UK’s intention to apply for membership of SPREP was announced at the 2011 Pacific Island Forum (PIF) by Minister Jeremy Browne. Just a year later we have realised this ambition and a UK delegation, led by Tony Clemson (First Secretary, BHC Wellington), who is Climate Change Coordinator for the Pacific, is participating at the 23rd SPREP Meeting of Officials, in Noumea, New Caledonia 4-7 September.

Mr Clemson said "...the UK's membership enhances the UK's ability to play an active role supporting Pacific Island Countries, in particular responding to the challenges of climate change. We are delighted to receive such a warm welcome to SPREP and look forward to working closely with the Secretariat and member countries".


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