17/12/2018
kiribati oceanscape

The ocean plays an integral part in the climate system

The Pacific Islands States who believe that the Ocean plays an integral part in the climate system say that the Blue Pacific Continent they have stewardship of cannot afford the risks of exceeding 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. These sentiments have been shared time and again by Pacific Islands representatives at COP 24 and those who have presented in a myriad of side events at the Pacific and Koronivia Pavilion in Katowice, Poland. Samoa Prime Minister Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi said “The recent IPCC 1.5 degrees Special Report shows that a 1.5 degrees Celsius of warming is not just a limit for Small Islands Developing States, but it is a limit for everyone.” "From extreme weather events to sea level rise, from slowed economic growth to biodiversity loss, the report speaks to the risks of exceeding 1.5 degrees Celsius. For our Blue Pacific continent, it is a risk we cannot afford," he emphasized.
13/12/2018

Pacific Islands Forum Statement to the High Level Segment of COP 24

Statement from the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat Delivered to the High-Level Segment of COP 24 Wednesday, 12 December 2018 Katowice, Poland President of the COP, In […]
08/12/2018

Remarks by Samoa Prime Minister, Hon. Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi on “Understanding the Ocean Climate Crosswalk: A Pacific Perspective”

Remarks by Hon. Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi At the Office of Pacific Ocean Commissioner Event “Understanding the Ocean Climate Crosswalk: A Pacific Perspective” Pacific and Koronivia […]
04/12/2018
COP 24 Composite Photo

Negotiating Ambitious Global Climate Action at COP24

This week members of the Pacific Islands Forum will join the global community in Poland for COP24, a meeting of the United Nations aimed at tackling […]
29/10/2018
Pacific Leaders at UNGA

Pacific Leaders Emphasise Action On Climate Change

Pacific Islands Forum Leaders have emphasised the need for action on climate change saying it is the single greatest threat to the livelihood, security and well-being of Pacific people. The point was made often as Forum Leaders and Ministers addressed the the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly in September. Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi said “The Pacific region is already facing the destructive impacts of climate change and disasters. Cyclones, floods, droughts. Sea level rise and ocean acidification are taking their toll on the health and well-being of our peoples, environment and economies. Disaster related economic losses in Pacific island countries as a percentage of GDP are higher than almost anywhere else in the world.” “Our people are waiting, the world is watching. It is incumbent on each individual leader and country to raise the level of ambition not just as an inspirational goal, but as deliverables of the Paris Agreement. For the Pacific peoples and our Blue Pacific region, urgent ambitious action on climate change is the only option.”
11/10/2018
SG at Earth Observation Platform workshop

Keynote address by Dame Meg Taylor to the Workshop on the Establishment of an Earth Observation Platform

Keynote Address Dame Meg Taylor Establishment of an Earth Observation Platform to Support Pacific Island Nation Environmental, Climate and Livelihood Needs – Consultation Workshop   Brisbane […]
28/09/2018
President Hilda Heine at UNGA

Promoting Blue Pacific priorities at 73rd United Nations General Assembly

28th September 2018 Pacific Islands Forum Leaders are in New York this week for the 73rd United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), providing an opportunity for collective […]
25/09/2018

Keynote Address by Dame Meg Taylor at the Pacific Preparatory Meeting for the 6th Asia Pacific Forum for Sustainable Development

  Pacific Preparatory Meeting for the 6th Asia Pacific Forum for Sustainable Development Tanoa International Hotel Nadi, Fiji Monday, 24 September 2018   Head of ESCAP […]
20/09/2018
Forum Leaders Photo 2018

Forum Leaders Commit to Collective Action for A Strong Blue Pacific

Pacific Islands Forum Leaders have reaffirmed their commitment to collective action for a strong Blue Pacific region that is secure, peaceful, and prosperous, enabling its people to live free, healthy and productive lives. The 2018 Forum Leaders Communique, released following the Forum Leaders Retreat in Nauru, commits the Forum to working for sustainable development in the region on its own terms and in ways that recognise its rich culture, national circumstances, and oceanic resources.  
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