September 7, 2021

Pacific wants urgent, ambitious action on climate from governments, global community -SG Puna at Virtual Island Summit 2021

PIF Secretary General Henry Puna  Statement at the Virtual Island Summit 2021  Grand Opening Plenary – From the Pacific Islands to the World  10am Fiji time, […]
July 27, 2021

Pacific Islands Forum Foreign Ministers discuss regional priorities at 2021 meeting

27th July 2021, Forumsec, Suva, FIJI—Forum Foreign Affairs Ministers will hear from Secretary General Henry Puna for the first time in their annual ministerial meet, the […]
July 19, 2021

Promote sustainable use of oceans- SG Puna to 5th France Oceania Summit

5th France-Oceania Summit  19 July, 2021  Remarks from Pacific Islands Forum Secretary General, Henry Puna Pacific Ocean Commissioner on Sustainable Oceans Management, Use and Conservation   His Excellency, Emmanuel Macron, President of the […]
June 8, 2021

One Earth, One Atmosphere, One Global Ocean- Pacific Oceans Commissioner on World Ocean Day 2021

Statement by the Honourable Henry Puna Pacific Oceans Commissioner, Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum 8 June 2021 THE OCEAN: LIFE AND LIVELIHOODS • Honourable […]
December 12, 2018
Cook Islands PM at COP24 (Photo Nanette Woonton)

Pacific Island Countries Need Scaled Up Access To Climate Change Finance

By Honourable Henry Puna, Prime Minster of the Cook Islands - A key priority for my fellow Pacific Leaders and negotiators currently attending the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP24), is accessing climate finance, across all finance mechanisms of the UNFCCC and Paris Agreement. The Cook Islands is a country comprising of 15 islands in the heart of the South Pacific.  Under a variety of potential climate change scenarios, each one of these islands are at great risk due to sea level rise, extreme rainfall events, storm surges, strong winds or extreme high air temperatures. This disturbing reality is shared by most of the ten million Pacific islanders who inhabit the oceanic continent we call the Blue Pacific. As our people work to adapt their communities to deal with the effects of a changing climate, our countries must again call for the scaling up of climate related financing. Our small economies simply cannot afford these efforts on their own. We seek committed and reliable partners who can help us continue with our mitigation strategies and our adaptation needs.
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