First Pacific Climate Justice Summit next month

Key actors in climate justice from Vanuatu and across the Pacific will be participating in the first Pacific Climate Justice Summit scheduled to be held virtually for two days, early next month.

The event will bring together a wide range of key state and non-state actors with the aim of solidifying strong human rights and climate justice policy positions in lead up to the 26th Conference of Parties (COP26) and beyond.

It will be an opportunity to identify key priorities relating to climate justice and create a strong foundation for partnerships amongst key stakeholders to promote human rights and climate justice.

It also aims to enhance understanding and raise awareness of intersectionality, human rights and climate justice, by exchanging knowledge and learnings from policy, programmes, and practice.

Climate change remains the single greatest threat to the Pacific people’s livelihood, security and wellbeing.

In 2015, the global community agreed to limit warming to 1.5 degrees but have not lived up to this promise. Commitments continue to be insufficient to meet the 1.5-degree goal that will give the Pacific a chance to survive.

In the Pacific, communities are at the frontline, experiencing and battling the adverse impacts of the climate crisis, an issue they have little contribute to.

Further at the peripheries are marginalized are marginalized and/or vulnerable groups, such as the indigenous people, youth, people with disabilities, persons of diverse sexual orientation, gender identifies and expressions, and elderly people who disproportionately have to live with the impact of climate crisis, often undermining the full employment of their human rights, and driving further economic and social inequalities, including gender inequality.

‘The Rising Tide: A United Pacific for Climate Change’ is the theme of the Pacific Climate Justice Summit organised by the Pacific Islands Climate Network (PICAN). It will be held from August 3 to 4 next month.

PICAN Officer in Vanuatu, Lorenzo Rapilli, said around 500 youth and climate activists are expected to be part of the virtual summit.

A space will be provided in Port Vila for participants and others to join the summit virtually.

Leader of Opposition, Ralph Regenvanu, as one of the main advocators for climate justice will be addressing the event.

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