The Asia-Pacific group of countries at COP22 have endorsed a bid by Fiji to hold the presidency at COP23 in Bonn next year.
Approval for Fiji to co-chair the climate change meeting with host nation Germany is considered to be a formality now.
It would offer a Pacific island nation the opportunity to lead from the front, while not having to bear the burden and cost of hosting as many as 30,000 conference delegates.
Fiji’s Prime Minister, Frank Bainimarama, has been outspoken on the threat posed by climate change in recent times, accusing the global community of abandoning the Pacific island nations to sink below the waves.
The Deputy Director-General of the Pacific Community, Cameron Diver, says having Fiji at the helm of COP23 will be highly significant for the region.