NEW YORK, JANUARY 17 – Tearinaki Tanielu is a geoscientist from Kiribati, Angelique Pouponneau is a barrister and Attorney-at-law from the Seychelles, Onika Stellingburg is the Stakeholder Management Coordinator within the Department of Environment – Ministry of the Presidency in Guyana, and Ahmed Falah, an Assistant Project officer from the Republic of Maldives are the new Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) Climate Change Fellows. were welcomed yesterday in New York by the Italian Permanent Representative Sebastiano Cardi.
Created in 2014, the program brings earlier career professionals from AOSIS member countries to New York for one year to participate, as part of each Fellow’s national delegation, to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and United Nations. Fellows participate in a yearlong training program, including on-going negotiation skills training and media training. It is expected that, after their fellowship, they will return to their home governments and continue to engage on these issues and in the UNFCCC process.
The 2017-2018 AOSIS Climate Change Fellowship Program is made possible through support from the Government of Italy. Since 2014 the has trained total of 16 Fellows. The 2017-2018 AOSIS Climate Change Fellowship Program is made possible through support from the Government of Italy.
AOSIS has a membership of 44 States and observers, drawn from all oceans and regions of the world: Africa, Caribbean, Indian Ocean, Mediterranean, Pacific and South China Sea. Thirty-nine are members of the United Nations, close to 28 percent of developing countries, and 20 percent of the UN’s total membership. Together, SIDS communities constitute some five percent of the global population. (@OnuItalia)