Pacific island nations and regional organisations are actively participating in the 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21) and associated events in Paris. The Pacific islands contribute less than 0.03% to the world’s total greenhouse gases yet are among the most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, making the outcomes of COP21 crucial for our region.
The Pacific Community (SPC) is part of the Pacific delegation at COP21, lending technical support to the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and our member countries.
Fourth France-Oceania Summit – 26 November
Our Deputy Director-General, Cameron Diver, and Director of Climate Change and Environmental Sustainability, Sylvie Goyet, represented SPC at the Summit, held in Paris on 26 November 2015.
The Heads of State and Government or representatives of Pacific Island Countries and Territories called on the international community to recognise the urgency of tackling climate change and of implementing targeted solutions to build the resilience of Pacific Island countries and territories, as well as the necessity of progressing towards low-carbon economies.[Declaration] Fourth France-Oceania Summit [Media release] Pacific Community to attend France-Oceania Summit in Paris.
Oceans Day – 4 December
This dedicated oceans day at COP21 will focus on presenting the imperative of recognising, and acting on, the central role of oceans in planetary survival and in human economic and social well-being, in the global context of Sustainable Development Goal 14 on Oceans and other developments in the global agenda. Leaders will speak about the opportunities that lie ahead such as Blue Economy approaches emphasising renewable energy.
SPC is helping to raise the voice of the Pacific islands through a joint social media campaign with other Pacific regional organisations using the hashtag #4PacIslands.
A range of social media messages will be released using #4PacIslands to promote understanding of the impacts of climate change as well as the actions that Pacific islanders are taking as they adapt to the effects.
This is one of many activities to amplify a Pacific voice under the “Pacific Voyage to COP21, Paris” communications campaign, led by SPREP, which is also supporting the Alliance of Small Islands States, the negotiating block for Pacific island countries at COP21.[Radio message] from Pacific Community Director-General[Press release from the Pacific Islands Forum secretariat] PNG, USA and Vulnerable Island Nations Look to Ambitious Global Climate Change Goals in Paris
- COP 21 official site
- Education resources
- Global Climate Change Alliance (GCCA)
- High-level Dialogue on Climate Change, Noumea, November 2014
- Pacific Climate Change Portal
- Pacific Territories Initiative for Regional Management of the Environment (INTEGRE)
- Restore Ecosystem Services and Adapt to Climate Change (RESCCUE)