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Official opening of the Pacific Calling Partnership Visit: Opening Remarks by Hon Amberoti Nikora, Bairiki Stadium, August 31, 2010
Members of the delegation to the Pacific Calling Partnership (PCP)
Members of the Kiribati Climate Change Connection (KCCC)
Ladies and Gentlemen
Kam na bane ni mauri
It is indeed an honor for me to officially declare the opening and launching of this important collaborative effort to have the Pacific Calling Partnership here in Kiribati.
At the outset, I would like to show our appreciation to your significant support of Kiribati’s position on Climate Change as an extremely vulnerable Pacific Island State. I sincerely hope that this visit that you have longed planned to our shores will be eventful and instrumental to gathering first-hand information and testimonials representing real evidences of the adverse impacts of climate change in Kiribati.
Recalling on the results of various reports and community consultations undertaken in the past clearly indicates that climate change is a real threat to our environment, our economic activities and social status. Kiribati is among the first countries to be affected by climate change and sea level rise.
Intense rainfall in the recent past months has been the major agent to the destruction of our physical assets especially our road and now a dry weather that may last for months. However, severe and intense storm surges also continue to cause disturbances to our ecosystems, limited groundwater sources and to our people. Incidences of severe erosion were common and emerging risks from all islands of Kiribati. The greatest risk facing us is the fate of our culture, our heritage, our language – which forms the identity of our Kiribati society. These are among other moral challenges that we, as present leaders of today need to cooperate in tackling.
We acknowledge PCP’s presence in the Kiribati side-event in Copenhagen and for choosing Kiribati to be one of their examples, among others, in their advocacy on climate change in Copenhagen, Australia and other places.
I believed that this global problem of climate change requires a global solution, and for this reason, Kiribati with its inadequate capacity cannot influence the global arena to understand the very problem we are facing – a problem - which Kiribati as a nation is not responsible for. In this respect, I call upon PCP to further provide support to the Kiribati delegation with their planned events in the upcoming round of global conference on climate change in Cancun, Mexico. My Ministry and the Office of the Beretitenti would be willing to explore with your delegation options as the need in this regard. We cannot do this immense task alone so we need your support from our friends including PCP.
At the international front, Kiribati joins the groups of small islands developing states (AOSIS) and the least developed (LDCs), in calling for a comprehensive, legally binding treaty, one that responds comprehensively to the scale and seriousness of the climate challenge.
Further to the foregoing my Ministry is working with various communities in some islands in Kiribati , to build our natural resilience to withstand the impacts of climate change through mangrove replanting to minimize the impacts of coastal erosion. We are encouraged to witness such initiatives from our own people, which are win-win situations which are multi-sectoral in nature to improve our biodiversity and land degradation.
With these few remarks I now declare this gathering officially open.
Kam bati n raba
The statement welcomes declarations of support for stronger climate targets, to limit temperature increases to as far below 1.5 degrees Celsius as possible, from figures as diverse as the Group of Least Developed Countries (LDCs), the World Council of Churches, Lord Nicholas Stern and the IPCC's chief scientist Rajendra Pachauri.
At the front line of climate change's impacts, AOSIS is the moral voice of the negotiations, and was recently joined by the Group of Least Developed Countries (LDCs) in demanding that the new Copenhagen climate agreement limit temperature increases to as far below 1.5 degrees Celsius as possible. AOSIS targets have been supported recently by IPCC Chair Rajendra Pachauri and leading UK economist and climate expert Lord Nicholas Stern.
Serious adverse impacts are already being felt by island states at the current 0.8°C of warming, including coastal erosion, flooding, coral bleaching and more frequent and intense extreme weather events. The U.N.'s lead agency on refugees has already warned that some particularly low-lying island states are 'very likely to become entirely uninhabitable' as a result of climate change. AOSIS is therefore calling for the negotiations to produce an ambitious and environmentally credible outcome sufficient to safeguard the livelihood and survival of its member countries.
Twelve people from several different organisations that make up the Partnership came together on 30 January and decided on the major directions for the the Partnership for 2009. The meeting that decided that during 2009 our main focus will be to link the local with the global as decisions made at Copenhagen are going to be crucial to the future of the Pacific Islands.
Click here to read the full declaration (Doc, 34kb )
Small Pacific islands vulnerable to rising sea levels won a symbolic victory at the United Nations on Wednesday with the passage of a resolution recognizing climate change as a possible threat to security.
By Claudia Parsons UNITED NATIONS, June 3 (Reuters)
The non-binding resolution, passed by consensus by the General Assembly, may help put climate change on the agenda of the more powerful U.N. Security Council, which deals with threats to international peace and security.
General Assembly resolutions are largely symbolic but can carry moral weight. Several representatives said this one was important as the first to explicitly link climate change to security -- a principle previously resisted by powerful Security Council members including Russia and China, who questioned whether the issue belonged in the Security Council.
"We are of the firm view that the adverse impacts of climate change have very real implications for international peace and security," Nauru Ambassador Marlene Moses told the General Assembly, speaking on behalf of the Pacific Small Island Developing States which introduced the resolution. Moses said small islands were already experiencing the "dire and immediate impacts" of climate change, including the inundation of coastal areas, the submergence of islands, loss of freshwater supplies, flooding, drought, damaged crops and increased disease.
The resolution said the 192-member General Assembly was "deeply concerned that the adverse impacts of climate change, including sea-level rise, could have possible security implications." It invited all relevant U.N. bodies to intensify efforts to address climate change and asked Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to submit a report on possible security implications.
Agreed after months of bargaining, the resolution was passed as climate change negotiators from 181 governments meet in Bonn, Germany for talks on a new U.N. climate treaty due to be agreed in Copenhagen in December. Governments face six months of tough negotiations on a draft text they have accepted as a starting point for talks on a treaty to curb the use of fossil fuels and widen the fight against climate change beyond the existing Kyoto Protocol.(Edited by Alan Elsner) http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N03111543.htm
Over 60 religious leaders and prominent religious individuals wrote to the Prime Minister, ahead of the release of the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme exposure draft legislation, to express their deep concerns with the Government's inadequate response to climate change.
The letter urges the Government to address its weak greenhouse gas emission reduction targets, and to help shape a strong international agreement on climate change at Copenhagen. It claims that the 5-15% emission reduction target range by the year 2020 represents a failure to protect lives and livelihoods, and emissions must fall by at least 25% in industrialised countries if the world is to have a chance of avoiding catastrophic climate change.
To read the full statement go tohttp://www.arrcc.org.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=164:pm-under-pressure-from-religious-leaders-on-climate-change&catid=1:arrcc-news&Itemid=8
Photos of the climate action are available at:
Forum - Pacific Calling for Climate Justice
To view the resolutions document resulting from the extremely successful forum, please Click Here
Click here to view the statement we have just signed. (PDF file size= 62.94KB)
Climate Change and the World Bank - Help or Hindrance?
With the launch of the Climate Investment Funds, the World Bank has positioned itself as a major player in international climate funding and policy. Speakers on this panel will discuss the World Bank’s past, current, and potential future role in climate change, including examinations of the Bank from Southern country perspectives. The implications of the World Bank’s role for both U.S. climate policy and the financing mechanism of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change will also be discussed.
Tentative Panelists: Elena Gerebizza, Campagna per la Riforma della Banca Mondiale (Italy); Lidy Nacpil, Coordinator of Jubilee South Asia Pacific Movement on Debt and Development (Philippines) [invited]; Karen Orenstein, International Finance Campaign Coordinator, Friends of the Earth-US; Chima Williams, Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth-Nigeria.
Time: 10:00am -- 11:30am
Location: Friends of the Earth, US, 1717 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Suite 600
Action Aid USA, Friends of the Earth International (FoEI), Oil Change International, Sustainable Energy and Economy Network (SEEN), Campagna per la riforma della Banca Mondiale (CRBM), Jubilee USA
These comments are on behalf of the Pacific Calling Partnership, a group of organisations and individuals who recognise Australia’s ecological debt to our low-lying Pacific Island neighbours.
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Fact-sheets on key issues:
ERC initiative the Pacific Calling Partnership promotes awareness of the devastating effects of climate change on low-lying island communities of the Pacific. The PCP campaign goes beyond both the science and the spin to make evident 'the human face of climate change'.
Update: ERC Director, Phil Glendenning, recently returned to Australia from Afghanistan after 10 days interviewing returned asylum seekers again in Kabul.
ERC is redoubling our efforts to find a third-country resettlement option for those returnees from Australia with whom we have been able to make contact. We need financial support to achieve this.
Such work uncovers high levels of risk for the deportees (and for our researchers). Research publications are available here.
Listen to Phil speak of the visit to ABC Radio National's Phillip Adams.
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