Pacific nations need our help facing climate change

AUSTRALIA must heed the call of Pacific nations and join their push for action on climate change.

Oxfam Australia chief executive officer Dr Helen Szoke is sending out the challenge as her organisation releases its A Question of Survival report today.

Climate change will be a key topic at the Pacific Islands Forum this week.

Dr Szoke said Australia and New Zealand needed to join Pacific Island leaders in an "unequivocal statement and commitment" setting out minimum requirements for an international climate agreement to protect the Pacific region.

"The devastation from Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu and severe flooding in the low-lying nations of Tuvalu, Kiribati and the Marshall Islands this year should have been a wake-up call for Australia and New Zealand, as real examples of the dangers and hardship facing the Pacific," she said.

"However, the two big brother of the Pacific have largely ignored their neighbours' calls for stronger emissions reduction targets and greater support to meet the challenges of climate change."

- APN NEWSDESK



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