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What it’s like negotiating at COP26 as a small island state
December 6, 2021

Qui is negotiating on behalf of the Alliance of Small Island States (Aosis). It is a coalition of 39 countries, largely from the Caribbean and South Pacific, including Jamaica, Cuba, Fiji and Antigua and Barbuda.
“We are a group of very small countries that don’t have a significant amount of political leverage,” says Frances Fuller, a negotiator for Antigua and Barbuda. “But we have strength in numbers and the moral high ground – though that’s sometimes not enough to move the needle.”

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Rich countries still don’t want to pay their climate change tab
December 6, 2021

“There were a lot of very positive statements,” said Janine Felson, deputy head of the Belize delegation and an adviser to the Alliance of Small Island States, a negotiating bloc of 39 island and low-lying countries. “What we are seeing, though, in the [negotiating] room is very different. It’s more business as usual, so rhetoric and deed are far apart.”

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Climate-vulnerable nations demand more financial support in COP26 draft deal
December 6, 2021

Aubrey Webson, U.N. ambassador for Antigua and Barbuda and chair of the Alliance of Small Island States, said the deal needed to be strengthened to help the most vulnerable, particularly with finance to adopt clean energy and cope with climate change impacts.

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COP26: Rich countries ‘pushing back’ on paying for climate loss
December 6, 2021

Le-Anne Roper, lead negotiator on loss and damage for the Alliance of Small Island States, wants a new finance goal just for loss and damage.
This would be separate from the $100bn (£74bn) already pledged – a target the world has already missed for 2020 which is now set for 2023.

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IRENA and Alliance of Small Island States sign energy transition agreement
December 6, 2021

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) have signed an agreement at COP26, known as ‘Adaptation Day’, that will see the two organisations work closely to mobilise climate finance and to advance the deployment of renewable energy across Small Island Developing States (SIDS).

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Halfway through, COP26 divided between praise and disillusion
December 6, 2021

“Let’s stop talking in the air on access to finance”, denounced Lia Nicholson, negotiator for the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), deploring that the populations on the front line of climate change “are being held hostage by ‘random charity’.

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Flooding paradise: Island nations’ climate threat
December 6, 2021

“Our country is paradise, there’s no doubt about it,” Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne tells Axios. “But they are, unfortunately, destroying our pristine environment.”

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At COP 26, Island Nations Demand Action on Funding and Emissions
December 6, 2021

Islands have contributed little to global emissions yet stand to suffer disproportionately from climate change. Now, they are demanding more funding to protect themselves.

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Poor countries at Cop26 concerned by G20’s limited climate progress
December 6, 2021

Gaston Browne, the prime minister of Antigua and Barbuda and chair of the Alliance of Small Island States, which represents 39 countries, said: “From what I’ve seen it appears we are going to overshoot 1.5C. We are very concerned about that. This is a matter of survival for us.”

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2022 AOSIS Fellowship Applications – UPDATED Due 14 Jan 2022
November 22, 2021

2022 AOSIS Fellowship Applications – UPDATED Due 14 Jan 2022 Download Application Form Contact: fellowship@aosis.org Designed to meet the specific needs…

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