[Environment] ENVIRONMENT: GLOBAL WARMING AND CLIMATE CHANGE: Citing Vulnerability of Small Islands, Pacific Leaders Urge Early Entry into Force of Paris Climate Accord

 

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ENVIRONMENT: GLOBAL WARMING AND CLIMATE CHANGE:

Citing Vulnerability of Small Islands, Pacific Leaders Urge
Early Entry into Force of Paris Climate Accord

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Citing Vulnerability of Small Islands, Pacific Leaders Urge
Early Entry into Force of Paris Climate Accord

23 September 2016

UN News Centre

http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=55088#.V-cESfkrLYU

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23 September 2016  Addressing the annual debate of world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly, leaders from Pacific Small Island Developing States underlined today the urgency of strong and committed action on the global pledges made for the planet and its people.

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In his address, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi of Samoa underlined that the agreements and outcomes reached last year would be extremely important in address the challenges confronting the global society.

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Noting, in particular, that the Paris Agreement on climate change and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development address issues that not only important, but also interconnected, they should be implemented in an inclusive approach to ensure that they will be addressed in totality.

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Only then can one be able to say with some level of comfort that in the implementation of the new development agenda, no one will be left behind, the Prime Minister stressed.

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He also recognized the role and leadership of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in making climate change a priority for the UN during his tenure and for his special focus on the Pacific small islands and hoped that his successor would continue his legacy.

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The Samoan leader also called for reforms to the Secretary-General selection process to give the wider membership of the organization the chance to choose the leader of the global body.

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Noting that the Pacific region has been witness to some of the most adverse impacts of climate change manifested through natural disasters, the Prime Minister said that it is particularly encouraging to see commitment and the will to translate the Paris Agreement into reality, he said that early entry into force of the Agreement should be everyones priority.

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Prime Minister Malielegaoi also noted that the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are not mere aspirations and that they are basic human needs that are achievable within our lifetime, and underscored the importance of partnership and collaboration of all to translate the aspirations into reality.

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Similarly, Prime Minister of Tuvalu, Enele Sosene Sopoanga also said that the ratification of the Paris Agreement by a number of countries has given his country renewed trust and confidence in the work of the UN.
Applauding the strong leadership of the United States and other major green-house-gas emitting countries to ratify the Paris Agreement, he said We must [now] ensure that the Paris Agreement enters into force [and that] it must be fully elaborated and operationalized as early as possible on real adaptation and mitigation.

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Underlining that Tuvalu like other Pacific islands is extremely vulnerable to the effects of climate change he expressed: We pray that through these great halls of the UN, our humble voice will be amplified by the conscience and goodwill of humanity for real urgent action.

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He also said that because the SDGs are universal and apply to all countries, its implementation also requires a collaborative approach through durable and genuine partnerships amongst all countries, big and small.

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Prime Minister Sopoanga also stressed the importance of responding to the plight of people affected by mass displacement and movements and to protect their rights, and added that long-lasting solutions to conflicts, such as those in Syria and other troubled spots in the world be found. He also called deplored the actions of the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea that have threatened peace and security in the Pacific Ocean region.

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Noting that the UN can only be as effective as the sum of all national and regional actions put together, the Prime Minister said that Tuvalu, on its part, is fully committed to actions to meet the targets of the global development agenda.

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The complete article may be read at the URL above.

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[Environment] ENVIRONMENT: GLOBAL WARMING AND CLIMATE CHANGE: Citing Vulnerability of Small Islands, Pacific Leaders Urge Early Entry into Force of Paris Climate Accord

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