PM MARAPE: Climate change is a crisis



The Prime Minister, Hon. James Marape, MP has departed Tuvalu with satisfaction and is returning home after a successful Pacific Islands Forum Leaders’ meeting.


He presented Papua New Guinea’s view of the PIF Leaders’ meeting to marshal up the entire Pacific Islanders to remain as one family and solid instead of fragmenting and he was satisfied with the outcome of the meeting.


“We came in with one thought to ensure Pacific nations do no go wondering of with many different views of achieving our goals on climate change,” said PM.


The final leaders meeting yesterday took 12 hours before the leaders came to a conclusion and the communique was signed.


PM said he is deeply concerned about the effect of climate change as it is also affecting many small islands of PNG, especially the Carteret Islands and he would be vocal about that when he attends the United Nations General Assembly Meeting in September this year.


“Climate change is a crisis in the Pacific region.

“It is a global issue and we in the Pacific must unite as one bloc for our voice to be heard globally,” said PM Marape.


He said the ‘Paris Agreement’ with its central aim of strengthening the global response to the threat of climate change by keeping a global temperature rise this century well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius was honored during the meeting.


The islanders are calling on all countries and non-state actors to join with the Blue Pacific in taking bold, decisive and transformative action to address the ever-present challenges of climate change


The 50th Pacific Islands Forum was held in Funafuti, Tuvalu from 13 – 16 August, 2019 and was attended by the Heads of State, Government, and Territories of Australia, the Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of Fiji, the Republic of Kiribati, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Republic of Nauru, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Kingdom of Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. Niue, Palau and French Polynesia were represented by ministers.


The Forum Leaders’ Retreat was held at the Kainaki II Falekaupule in Funafuti, Tuvalu.


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Approved for Release: Friday 16th August 2019