The vulnerable islands of the Pacific remain a critical influence at the 17th Conference of the Parties (COP17) that opened today in Durban, South Africa.
Fourteen Pacific island countries are represented at the COP17 to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) under the banner of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) which is an intergovernmental organisation of low-lying coastal and small island countries from around the world.
Pacific members of AOSIS include the Cook Islands, Fiji, Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.
President of Kiribati, HE Anote Tong stresses that an agreement on financing in Durban will be vital for the Pacific.
“We must have that financing. I’m not raising the question of our future here because it’s virtually unthinkable. The problem is here – we are facing the problem today.”
Meanwhile AOSIS says it will not accept outcomes at the COP17 that propose to delay any new binding agreement or more ambitious emissions reductions until 2020.
AOSIS wants the Durban conference to deliver agreement on a second five-year commitment period under the Kyoto Protocol, a process to rapidly ramp up mitigation ambition, and a mandate to quickly conclude a new parallel legal agreement in 2012 to cover those not bound by the Kyoto Protocol.”
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