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Pacific neighbours meet to promote climate agreement

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama met with the Kiribati President Anote Tong and Tuvalu Foreign Minister Taukelina Finikaso to reaffirm commitment on the Suva Declaration as the region’s blueprint for the 2015 Climate Change Agreement in Paris later this year. The Leaders agreed that the reality of climate change for the Pacific Islands posed irreversible loss and damage to […]

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September 28, 2015 11:15 am

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama met with the Kiribati President Anote Tong and Tuvalu Foreign Minister Taukelina Finikaso to reaffirm commitment on the Suva Declaration as the region’s blueprint for the 2015 Climate Change Agreement in Paris later this year.

PM Bainimarama with Kiribati President xx and Tuvalu Foreign Minister yy in New York.  Photo: DEPTFO.
PM Bainimarama with Kiribati President Anote Tong and Tuvalu Foreign Minister Taukelina Finikaso in New York. Photo: DEPTFO.

The Leaders agreed that the reality of climate change for the Pacific Islands posed irreversible loss and damage to our people, societies, livelihoods, natural environments and human rights.

They noted it was well known that in many cases, the effects of Climate Change were going to create existential threats to the very survival of island communities.

Prime Minister Bainimarama reiterated that the Suva Declaration on Climate Change was a product of an extensive, transparent and inclusive process with all stakeholders prior to and during this month’s Pacific Islands Development Forum Summit.

He said this process had included the PSIDS Group in New York, technical agencies active in the Pacific (including SPC, SPREP, USP, IUCN, WWF, ADB, FNU, UN agencies), and PSIDS member states.

The Leaders emphasised that key objectives in the Declaration included a legally binding agreement committing all parties, with a review of mitigation efforts every 5 years, as well as loss and damage to be anchored as a stand alone element that is separate and distinct from adaptation.

The Declaration calls for an agreement at the Paris COP that binds the world to a stabilization of global average temperature increase to well below 1.5 centigrade above pre-industrial levels.

The Leaders agreed to an advocacy plan and strategy that will fortify solidarity on the Suva Declaration on the road to Paris.The strategy includes a proposed PSIDS coordination meeting in the margins of the CHOGM conference in Malta this November. They stressed the importance of AOSIS, the Group of 77, and Development Partners being advised of, and lobbied to support, the principles and key messages of the Suva Declaration.

The Secretariat of the Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) in Suva, in collaboration with PSIDS Ambassadors in New York, have been tasked to coordinate these efforts.

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