Talking to the media after today’s meeting are the Pacific Island Forum Secretary General, Dame Meg Taylor, Small Island States Chairman and President of Nauru, Honourable Baron D.Waqa and Kiribati President, Teneti Ma’amau
By Lagi Keresoma
APIA, SAMOA – MONDAY 04 SEPTEMBER 2017: One of the issues the Pacific Islands will be unified at the Conference of Parties (COP) 23 in Germany later this year, is pushing for climate change to become a security issue.
Speaking to the media at a press conference today, Chairman of the Smaller Islands States Honourable Baron Divavesi Waqa, President of Nauru said that there was greater emphasis on the issue.
“Climate change as a security issue is not new to the region and we are pushing for it to be a security issue at the COP 23, as well as at the United Nations,” said Waqa.
Kiribati President Teneti Ma’amau alluded to Fiji already working on getting the region together to discuss regionally or individually to push the issues together at the COP 23 meeting.
He said one apparent issue that the Pacific is supporting for consultation is the “Blue Ocean issue, which is the overall theme of the 48th Forum Leaders meeting due to open in Apia tomorrow evening.
The Smaller Island states Leaders meeting was a closed session as one of the opening official meetings of the 48th Pacific Islands Forum and related meetings include Kiribati, Tuvalu, Nauru, Tokelau, Palau, Niue, Federated States of Micronesia and Cook Islands.
“The ocean is a security issue for the Pacific as well as climate change,” said President Teneti.
“In the end, there will be a consensus on what position the region will take,” said President Teneti.
He commended Fiji for co-chairing COP 23 and Pacific for their support.
The issue will be submitted to the Leaders meeting later in the week for endorsement.