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One Voice on Climate Change: Samoan PM

  It is important for the Pacific to speak out in one voice on issues such as climate change, says Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa Malielegaoi. Mr Malielegaoi is in Brussels
17 Jun 2016 09:00
One Voice on Climate Change: Samoan PM
Prime Minister Tuilaepa Malielegaoi

 

It is important for the Pacific to speak out in one voice on issues such as climate change, says Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa Malielegaoi.

Mr Malielegaoi is in Brussels where he addressed other leaders during the opening ceremony of the European Development Days – two days where development partners have come together to focus on the Sustainable Development Goals amongst other discussions.

Speaking to the Fiji Sun after his address, Mr Malielegaoi said it was alarming that out of 177 countries who signed the Paris Agreement, only 15 were taking steps towards implementation.

He said this was why such platforms were important for Pacific voices to be heard.

“We are at a phase now implementing agreements once ratified. So far all the 177 countries have signed the Paris agreement but only 15 (13 from the Pacific) are following the ratification and implementation.

“This is why it is so important for us – the frontline states and we in the Pacific are the frontline states to have a presence here. Fiji in particular was ravaged by the Cyclone Winston and what happened to Fiji can easily happen to any Pacific island country. We have to speak out on these issues,” Mr Malielegaoi said.

“We need to be considered as one and a small cyclone can set back all the achievements made.

“It is very important that the Pacific speak in one voice. It is very important for Pacific leaders to speak in one voice in respect to our future.

“Last week we were in PNG discussing this, particularly the co-operation with the European Union which is very important as they have proven to be an important and biggest bloc which has been with Pacific countries. This is also why we need to seek out opportunities to have our voices heard.”

Edited by Manasa Kalouniviti

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