Pacific: Better climate leadership for SDGs

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Leadership advocacy on climate action is one of the key tools to implement Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Speaking at a side event at the Conference of the Parties (COP22) happening in Morocco this week, the Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) Secretary General, Francois Martel called on more effective global leadership.

Mr Martel said the world also needed genuine multi-stakeholder partnerships and financial sustainability for green growth in blue economies.

These tools were important pathways towards low carbon development, he added.

Mr Martel made the comments whilst delivering the keynote address at the side event hosted by Climate Strategies and the Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Estonia.

The PIDF boss spoke on "Green Growth for Blue Economies: The future of the Pacific Islands."

In a statement from the organisation, the PIDF said it focused on green growth initiatives which are basically a strategy of sustaining economic growth and job creation necessary to reduce poverty which took into account worsening resource constraints and the climate crisis.

"All islands on the planet need no reminder why 1.5 degree celsius above pre-industrial level need to be our absolute maximum to avoid disaster and reverse the trend in the long-term, but still most of the nations that signed the Paris Agreement see the 2 degree Celsius as their minimum limit," Mr Martel said.

"These two perceptions are miles apart, resulting in delaying actions on key sectors, transport is the most obvious: mainly shipping, to preserve economic self-interest of a few. We have now entered the Cyclone Category 5 era; like Pam in Vanuatu in 2014, Winston in Fiji in 2016, not to mention Hurricane Matthew in Haiti just a month ago," he said.

Mr Martel told those present at the event that Pacific leaders had become advocates for global community action focused on  climate action, fisheries and marine areas beyond national jurisdictions. 

Source: The Fiji Times