O’Neill highlights climate challenge

O’Neill highlights climate challenge
PNG Prime Minister and Fiji Prime Minister
PNG Prime Minister and Fiji Prime Minister

Commonwealth countries face massive challenges which threaten their growth and survival, says Prime Minister Peter O’Neill.

He said the effects of climate change, particularly on vulnerable island nations, could not be stressed enough.
O’Neill told the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London that the countries were faced with extreme weather conditions brought about by climate change.

“Extreme tropical storms, and unprecedented drought, are devastating our communities,” he said.
“PNG reaffirms our commitment to the Paris Climate Change Accords, and the Talanoa Dialogue.

“These are commitments that should form the basis of real global action – to make sure there is effective preparedness, and help countries to adapt to the new world which climate change is affecting all of our lives.

“But sadly, often action has not followed words from these global forums.”
O’Neill said adequate funding mechanisms had been established, but funding had not followed the pledges.

“The developing countries did not cause climate change but we are paying the price of this because of the industrialised nations who caused climate change,” he said.

“As an organisation, the Commonwealth must be a stronger forum for stimulating action on climate change. “Papua New Guinea fully supports the adoption of the Commonwealth Blue Charter, but we must ensure appropriate action and innovative funding processes are implemented.”

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