Vanuatu makes high level statement at UN Climate Conference

Minister of Climate Change, Ham Lini, has reminded leaders of more than 190 countries present at the United Nations Climate Conference in Morocco about the importance of the speedy implementation

of the Paris Agreement.

He highlighted that Vanuatu is ranked as the most vulnerable country in the world, and it has very limited capacity and resources to adapt to and cope with the impacts of climate change.

Minister Lini also joined other Pacific Island countries and Least Developed Countries to call on the international community to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, upscale climate financing and improve finance accessibility and predictability.

He reminded leaders that “although the commitment made since COP 21 may still fall short of 1.5 degrees Celsius desired response, we at COP22 in Marrakech are going to ratchet up, and never to rein back our ambition”.

The minister concluded, “We have an obligation to protect this planet for our children and our grandchildren.

“The next generation is watching what we do today.”

He said Vanuatu is especially grateful to the development partners who have supported our nation’s successful negotiations at this 22UN Climate Conference in Morocco including the Government of Morocco, Government of Germany, Government of New Zealand, UNESCO, the UN Climate Convention, the Australia Bureau of Meteorology, UNDP, Pacific Advisory, World Bank, and USP.

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