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Pacific Islands Forum reaffirms commitment to Paris

Sunday, 4 June 2017, 11:38 am

Press Release: Forum Secretariat

Pacific Islands Forum reaffirms commitment the Paris Climate Agreement;

Urges the world to do the same

(June 4, 2017)- The Pacific Islands Forum reaffirms its commitment to the Paris Agreement on climate change and commends all countries that have recently reiterated their support.

The statement by the Pacific Islands Forum comes in the wake of the United States of America’s (USA) withdrawal from the Paris Agreement.

“Being some of the most vulnerable states globally and at the forefront of the adverse impacts of climate change, island countries are now more determined and committed to taking serious action to address climate change and remain steadfast on our obligations under the Paris Agreement,” Pacific Islands Forum Chair and the President of the Federated States of Micronesia H.E Peter M. Christian, said.

Pacific islands countries collectively contribute a mere 0.003 percent of the global greenhouse gas emissions although the region is at the frontline of a deteriorating environment and the devastating manifestations of a changing climate system, as the region has witnessed in the last three years.

H.E President Christian reaffirmed that the Paris Agreement offered the best global platform of unity among nations to address the causes of climate change and the way forward in our collective attempt to mitigate effects on all nations and peoples.

“The United States’ withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement is not surprising as President Trump had made known his intentions to jettison United States’ environment for the sake of his economy,” H.E President Christian said.

“We who are most vulnerable must become more committed to the principal that the Paris Agreement is still our best avenue to finding solutions to slow down and eventually stop the damage to climate and environment.”

“Global leadership on climate change is at a critical juncture. The Pacific Islands Forum will continue to support Forum Member, Fiji’s COP 23 Presidency and will continue working with others who are committed to the Paris Agreement to address the greatest emergency for our planet to date.”

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