By Pacific Island Times News Staff
Building a strong Pacific islands negotiations bloc at the world’s largest climate change conference is gaining momentum less than two months away from the Twenty-Sixth Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP26).
Working with Pacific Island Parties, the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Program (SPREP) in partnership with the IMPACT Project (Climate Analytics) and tone One Council of Regional Organisations in the Pacific-Plus team (One CROP+) is currently implementing a profiler series.
The series is a half-day virtual activity designed to better equip Pacific islands negotiators with a stronger understanding of important issues to the Pacific islands, to empower Pacific negotiations at the global level.
Climate change is the greatest threat to the security of Pacific islands people, and as such, the Pacific islands undertake every action possible to bring the world to 1.5 ˚C warming as agreed to in the Paris Agreement.
“We are stronger together, and we must continue to stand strong and flex for 1.5 as we lead into COP26. We have so much adversity facing us as a Pacific islands group, Covid-19 exacerbates all climate change impacts, our engagement at the event in Glasgow is hindered, and we already are on the frontline of climate change – we are experiencing the effects now,” said Tagaloa Cooper, director of Climate Change Resilience of the SPREP Secretariat.
“Now more than ever, it is essential that we support our Pacific Islands in pushing for greater am