Climate change action plan signed

Papua New Guinea and Australia have agreed on a Climate Change Action Plan, which reaffirms their commitment to work in partnership on addressing climate change challenges.

Papua New Guinea’s Minister for Environment and Conservation, John Pundari, and his Australian counterpart, Environment and Energy Minister, Josh Frydenberg, have both signed the Papua New Guinea-Australia Climate Change Action Plan.

Through this agreement, both countries acknowledge their mutual commitment to implementing the Paris Agreement, which reinforces stronger regional cooperation to address climate change risks whilst also contributing to mitigating climate change.

Under the Action Plan, Australia will continue to support PNG to implement its commitments under the Paris Agreement.

This will include enhancing the capacity of PNG’s Government institutions to implement climate change policies and to access international financing.

Support will also focus on strengthening the resilience of rural communities and building climate smart infrastructure in Papua New Guinea.

Minister Pundari was delighted to formalise Papua New Guinea and Australia’s long standing partnership on climate change through the Climate Change Action Plan.

“Papua New Guinea faces major challenges in addressing the effects of climate change. We look forward to an even deeper partnership with Australia to address these challenges through this agreement,” Minister Pundari said.

Minister Frydenberg is looking forward to working with Papua New Guinea.

“This is a real opportunity for Australia and Papua New Guinea to partner together to provide a strong voice for the Pacific on climate change. Australia and Papua New Guinea face unique challenges as a result of climate change – this is a fantastic opportunity to work together to address them,” Minister Frydenberg said.

This new agreement provides a comprehensive framework to build on the strong record of collaboration through a growing portfolio of high impact investments.

(Minister for Environment and Conservation, John Pundari, right, signed the documents in Port Moresby recently, witnessed by Australian High Commissioner Bruce Davis)

Press release