Pacific islands youth urge for climate change action - The leader of Vanuatu

Young people cannot wait rather urge for urgent climate change: Vanuatu's Prime Minister Bob Loughman.

Pacific islands youth urge for climate change action - The leader of Vanuatu

SUVA, Fiji, July 12 (Reuters) - The leader of Vanuatu said that the slow progress of international negotiations on emissions reduction was "totally out of step" with the impacts faced by the Pacific islands. During the Pacific Islands Forum held in Fiji, leaders from 15 different countries debated China's plans for regional security connections to get more international financing and help to combat the effects of climate change.

Vanuatu's Prime Minister Bob Loughman stated that young people "just cannot wait rather urge for urgent climate change “. If the International Court of Justice (ICJ) delivers an advisory opinion on the obligation of states to protect the rights of future generations from the effects of climate change, it would increase international support for Pacific island societies that are endangered by rising sea levels, he added.

Loughman claimed that Vanuatu's request for the UN General Assembly to support an ICJ case had received "unanimous approval" from forum participants. In order to deal with the loss and devastation brought by rising sea levels, the developed nations at fault for climate change have been hesitant to give financial support to low-lying island states, says the source.

On the fringes of the meeting, Loughman spoke to a community dialogue in Suva on how an ICJ opinion would hasten the mobilization of climate funds, placing, human rights at the forefront of the discussion, and address the demands of young people. He remarked, "Time appears completely out of pace with the reality of the impact of climate change on Pacific people's lives."

Fiji Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama told the forum on Tuesday, “The region was in a state of turmoil from the economic shocks of the COVID-19 pandemic and the threat of climate change, and as superpowers and some middle powers that had clamored to shape the world in their favor" to the source. He said the most important question for the forum was regional unity: "Will we forge ahead together, will we take individual paths, will we be assertive or leave it to others to decide our fate?” he questioned the members.

According to Australia's Foreign Minister Penny Wong, members of the forum, including Australia, would work toward peace with Kiribati. One of the issues the area faces is competition, which is best handled together, she said.



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