Green News : Pacific Island Leaders Declare Climate Emergency

The Pacific Island leaders reconfirm climate change as “the single greatest existential threat facing the Blue Pacific” and emphasize the urgency of limiting the global average temperature rise to 1.5°C “through rapid, deep and sustained” GHG emission reductions.

Reaffirming their own collective goal “to achieve carbon neutrality in the Pacific by 2050,” the leaders urge heavily emitting countries to commit to net zero emissions by 2050 and to submit enhanced nationally determined contributions (NDCs) before COP 27.

The leaders also welcome progress on Vanuatu’s initiative on “a pathway to secure a request from the UN General Assembly (UNGA) for an advisory opinion from the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to clarify legal consequences of climate change.”.

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