“For us, climate change is more than a challenge – it is an immense threat, which threatens the very existence of some of our number. And some of our islands are still recovering, years later, from devastating cyclones that claimed the lives of many of our people and wreaked havoc on our economies.”

This was highlighted by Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama while delivering his statement at the Pacific Small Islands Developing States (PSIDS) at the UN High Level Meeting on Climate and Sustainable Development for all held at the United Nations headquarters in New York.

Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama said that Pacific states like the Republic of Marshall Islands, Nauru, Kiribati, Palau, and Tuvalu are fighting to protect fresh water sources that are threatened by rising sea levels, stronger storm surges and inundation from king-tides.

‘Every Pacific country is having to search for ways to defend their food security against the multitude of threats presented by climate change.”

Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama acknowledged the preparation for the upcoming Secretary General’s Climate Summit that aims to deliver concrete and realistic plans to dramatically raise our collective ambition and set us on a new path to halving emissions by 2030 and reaching net-zero emissions by 2050.

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