Pacific takes stock of COP25 ahead of next global climate change conference
Pacific island climate change negotiators have come together in a virtual forum to analyze the decisions and outcomes of the 25th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC COP25) held in Madrid, Spain in December 2019, as well as to take stock of work that has to be done by the region as a consequence of those outcomes.
The meeting is expected to provide updates on climate change developments from other international meetings since COP25, provide negotiators with briefings on the state of play of the UNFCCC negotiations, as well as providing an opportunity to discuss Pacific Small Island Developing States (SIDS) positions on key issues, to name a few.
It brings together close to 130 participants from the Pacific and includes speakers from the Caribbean, Democratic Republic of Congo, Germany, London, New York, and Norway.
Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MNRE) of the Government of Samoa, Ulu Bismarck Crawley, opened the virtual meeting by highlighting the vulnerabilities of Pacific SIDS to climate change, and also the COVID-19 pandemic.
“COVID-19 has brought about restrictions and limitations that have presented to the world the stark reality of just how vulnerable we are and how this vulnerability is rapidly exacerbated when the issue is not dealt with immediately,” Ulu said.
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