Climate change and disaster resilience was one of the five areas of cooperation discussed by the government of Japan and leaders from the Pacific region in their recent video conference.
Representatives of the 9th Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting (PALM) expressed commitment to strengthening their leadership role in the international arena to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement, noting that the current COVID-19 pandemic should not delay global momentum.
They affirmed commitment to cooperate closely in supporting the capacity of Forum Island Countries to respond to the impacts of climate change including continuous support for adaptation, in strengthening resilience against disasters such as through resilient infrastructure and in supporting renewable energy, in alignment with the Framework for Resilient Development in the Pacific.
In October last year, PM Suga announced Japan’s ambitious plan to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) by 2050 and reduce GHG by 46% in 2030, as part of its commitment under the United Nations Climate Change Convention (UNFCCC).
Japan’s bold commitment has been welcomed by Pacific Island Forum Leaders.
As part of the PALM9 Action Plan, Japan will continue to provide training on climate change issues through the Pacific Climate Change Centre in Samoa.
Japan will provide equipment for disaster risk reduction and training for women’s leadership in disaster risk reduction.
It will also provide technical training for metrological agencies to build capacity for sustainable weather services and disaster response systems.
Japan and PICs sharing the Pacific Ocean have been hosting PALM every three years since 1997, to address common challenges.
Apart from climate change, other priorities of cooperation for the next three years discussed during PALM9 were COVID-19 Response and Recovery, Sustainable Oceans based on the rule of law, Strengthening Foundation for Sustainable and Resilient Economic Development and People-to-People Exchanges and Human Resource Development.
This year’s PALM9 was held under the co-chairmanship of Prime Minister (PM) Yoshihide Suga of Japan and PM Kausea Natano of Tuvalu.
The next PALM Meeting is expected to be held in Japan and the next PALM Ministerial Interim Meeting (MIM) in one of the countries in the region.