SOLOMON ISLANDS WELCOME AUSTRALIA’S RENEWED COMMITMENT ON CLIMATE CHANGE

SOLOMON ISLANDS WELCOME AUSTRALIA’S RENEWED COMMITMENT ON CLIMATE CHANGE

The Solomon Islands High Commissioner to Australia, Robert Sisilo, welcomed Australia’s renewed commitment to the region’s climate change priorities and its interest in hosting a Conference of the Parties in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in partnership with Pacific Island Countries. The Labor government, through the Lower House/House of Representatives, with 151 members, passed a bill to enshrine in law its 43% emissions reduction target by 2030.

“Finally, we have good news on climate change. The chamber in which the government is formed has adopted a bill aimed at enshrining the objective of reducing gas emissions. Legislation that will set clear direction on climate change and assurance that a change of government does not automatically mean a change of policy,” a delighted Sisilo told a diplomatic and academic audience in Canberra during a panel on the theme “Challenges Facing the Pacific: Views from the Region”.

The bill is now before the 76 senators of the upper house, the Senate – where it is expected to pass. It will also enact Australia’s net zero target by 2050 into law, mandate the Climate Change Authority to advise on future targets and the Minister to make an annual progress statement to Parliament.

“With the blessing of the Senate, Canberra will finally have something substantial on climate change that our region can help to strengthen and improve on the stricter requirements for reporting progress against climate goals. We are not there yet, but at least we are in a new era of climate and energy certainty,” said Canberra-based Mr Sisilo.

When Pacific leaders gathered in Nauru in 2018, they reaffirmed that climate change remains the greatest threat to the livelihoods, security and well-being of their peoples and pledged to advance the implementation of the Paris Agreement.

And at their meeting in Suva last month, leaders reconfirmed that climate change remains the greatest existential threat facing the Blue Pacific, stressing the urgency of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees through rapid, deep and lasting reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.

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Teresa H. Sadler