Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi speaking at the United Nations
APIA, SAMOA: MONDAY 23 NOVEMBER 2015: Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi is already in Europe for a series of high level meetings that will end with an audience with Pope Francis in the Vatican. Tuilaepa and his party left Samoa last Saturday and will be away until 8 December 2015.
These meetings include:
The 4th France-Oceania Summit in Paris on 26 November; the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Malta on 27 – 29 November; the COP21 United Nations Climate Change Conference Leaders Event in Paris on 30 November; and meeting with Pope Francis on 3rd of December.
4th France-Oceania Summit
This 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.
On the invitation of President Francois Hollande who will chair the upcoming COP21 meeting in Paris, and the meeting addresses climate change issues especially for France’s territories and citizens in the region.
Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting
The Commonwealth Heads of Government will also address issues relating to climate change, migration, violent extremism and radicalism and sustainable development goals.
The Commonwealth Leaders will also elect a new General Secretary for the organisation.
COP 21 United Nations Climate Change Conference Leaders Event
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.
The first COP took place in Berlin in 1995 and significant meetings since then have included COP3 where the Kyoto Protocol was adopted, COP11 where the Montreal Action Plan was produced, COP15 in Copenhagen and COP17 in Durban where the Green Climate Fund was created.
Prime Minister Tuilaepa is expected to address the meeting.
Meeting with Pope Francis
The Prime Minister rounds of his schedule with an audience with His Holiness Pope Francis on the 3rd of December in the Vatican. Tuilaepa will later meet with the Vatican Secretary of State.