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Robinson To Help Pacific Leaders

Pacific leaders have been promised help for the United Nations Conference on Climate Change to be held in Paris, France, in November. The offer of assistance was made yesterday by
04 Sep 2015 12:09
Robinson To Help Pacific Leaders
The United Nations Secretary-General’s special envoy on climate change Mary Robinson (left) at the Grand Pacific Hotel during the Pacific Islands Development Forum leaders summit yesterday. Photo: Jona Konataci

Pacific leaders have been promised help for the United Nations Conference on Climate Change to be held in Paris, France, in November. The offer of assistance was made yesterday by Mary Robinson, the United Nations Secretary-General’s special envoy on climate change.

She was speaking at the Third Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) Summit at the Grand Pacific Hotel yesterday.

She urged the leaders to maximise engagement with domestic political leadership and the French Government over the next 12 weeks to consolidate their positions.

Working with stakeholders who were creating financial packages for small island developing states was also crucial, she said.

“One of the reasons I am here today is to make it clear that I will be happy to work with you on this in any way that will be helpful in the weeks ahead,” she said.

She said working together as regional heads of state and Government and with other Small Island Developing States (SIDS), was critical in building momentum for the Paris COP21 Conference on Climate Change.

“Broad-based, informed political leadership has the potential to take us a long way in the coming twelve weeks – and there are a number of critical political moments where progress can be made involving heads of Government and finance Ministers.

The first is the opportunities provided by the SDG summit in September where leaders from most of the world’s countries will gather. The second is the IMF/World Bank annual meeting, where finance ministers will address climate change on October 9. The third is CHOGM where heads of Government from many of the world’s SIDS will be present alongside many of the major economies.”

She was confident that there was sufficient goodwill from the French Government and others to make practical progress in the weeks ahead.

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