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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (December 28, 2001 - The National/PINA Nius Online)---A Papua New Guinean has been appointed to the Bureau of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Senior Foreign Affairs officer Max Rai replaces Ambassador Neroni Slade, of Samoa.

Mr. Rai and five other candidates from the five regions of the world were elected to the bureau by environment ministers from around the world.

Mr. Rai was the nominee of the Alliance of Small Island States, comprising 43 countries located in the Caribbean, Pacific, Indian Ocean and elsewhere.

His appointment is for two years.

Foreign Affairs Minister Dr. John Waiko said: "It is a honor for PNG to represent the interests of small island nations in the important area of climate change.

"PNG is experiencing the direct impact of climate change, with the submerging of a number of small atoll islands and the disappearance of coastlines in some parts of the country."

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