Guterres climate change concerns welcomed

Prime Minister James Marape has commended United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres for his concern about climate change and the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP-26) to be held in the United Kingdom in November.

He said this after a virtual Pacific Islands Forum Leaders’ Meeting with Guterres on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York City on Thursday September 23.

Guterres said he was concerned about climate change in the Pacific and other parts of the world, and the success of COP-26, given that not all industrialised nations had yet given their political support.

Marape welcomed Guterres’ concern about climate change and COP-26.

“Climate change is a subject close to the hearts of all Pacific Island countries as it is wreaking havoc on us,” he said. “I welcome Secretary-General Guterres’ concern about climate change and COP-26, which are issues that greatly concern Pacific Island nations, including PNG.

“The Pacific Ocean, or the Blue Pacific Continent, is home to marine and terrestrial biodiversity and is where the most-vulnerable small island states are being exposed to global threats of rise in sea level due to climate change, and the health and the economic woes brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It is time the big carbon emitters of planet earth own up and apologise to the small island states and all other victims of climate change," said PM Marape.

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