Global emissions targets set at the Paris 21 global climate change meetings must not be watered down by those who must do more, says Tuvalu's Prime Minister Enele Sopoaga.
Tuvalu Prime Minister Enele Sopoaga. Photo/ UN Media.
Mr Sopoaga made a passionate plea to global leaders at the United Nations General Assembly in New York to support mitigation action for small islands bearing the brunt of climate change impacts, especially as the world prepares to head to another round of annual negotiations this December in Poland.
"Climate change is a weapon of mass destruction. The United Nations cannot and must not allow the biggest greenhouse gas emitters to turn away from their moral duty and responsibility to urgently reduce gas house emissions."
Many Pacific leaders including New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern have noted the priority which the United Nations must give to climate change emissions work and mitigation for small islands nations.
Ms Ardern has called out the world on the need to act for the Pacific nations being on the front line of climate change effects.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. Photo/ UN Media.
She told the global meet all Pacific Forum Leaders at their recent meeting in Nauru had voted unanimously on climate change as the single largest threat to regional security for Pacific lives.
"Our action in the wake of this global challenge remains optional. But the impact of inaction does not."
"Nations like Tuvalu, the Marshall Islands, or Kiribati – small countries who’ve contributed the least to global climate change – are and will suffer the full force of a warming planet."
"If my Pacific neighbours do not have the option of opting out of the effects of climate change, why should we be able to opt out of taking action to stop it?"