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Pacific SIDS push for decisive action in fight against climate change

July 5, 2017 5:33 am

In the aftermath of the high level Climate Action Pacific Partnership meeting that ended yesterday, Pacific Small Island Developing States have agreed to six key points.

Pacific SIDS includes PNG, Kiribati, Tuvalu, Nauru, Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Samoa, Tonga, Vanuatu and Solomon Islands.

Also endorsing the statement as parties to the convention was Niue, Tokelau and the Cook Islands.

Point one of the statement reaffirmed that Pacific SIDs are on the front line of climate change and needed to push the international community to take immediate and decisive action to address the underlying causes of global climate change.

Pacific SIDS in point two are committed to ensure decisive action by all Parties through the Paris Agreement. They also noted they are deeply concerned that the United States government has withdrawn from the agreement, and urges President Trump to reconsider.

In point three, as the G20 group of major economies gathers later this week, Pacific SIDS strongly urges its members to reaffirm their commitment to the full implementation of the Paris Agreement.

There are also calls for concerted action to holding the increase in global average temperatures to well below 2 degrees above the pre-industrial level and pursuing efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1 point five degrees Celsius.

In points four and five, there is a call for stronger science that climate change is happening at a faster rate and that we must reaffirm achieving the least possible warming.

Key point six sets out a number of priority areas in the lead up to and beyond COP23 which aims among other things to finalise the Paris Agreement Implementation Guidelines and complete the Facilitative Dialogue by the end of 2018.

There is also a call to increase public and private sector support for adaptation and mitigation actions beyond the US$100 billion.

In addition, there’s a call to consider a Pacific SIDS climate change insurance facility, taking into account other insurance mechanisms already in place.