Pacific Governments Call on World Leaders to Join CVF Virtual Summit
49th Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Meeting lends support to CVF Summit and issues call on World Leaders
Yaren, Nauru–Wednesday 5 September 2018: The Heads of State and Government of the Pacific Islands Forum today called on world leaders to participate in the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) Virtual Summit in solidarity with the most vulnerable nations.
Welcoming the issue of the Pacific Leaders’ Forum Communique for the CVF presidency, H.E. Mr. John Silk, Hon. Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of the Marshall Islands said:
“The Pacific has stood united behind the importance of the CVF Virtual Summit and the need to step up climate action for 2020. The Marshall Islands appreciates not only the support of the Pacific Islands Forum leaders for the Summit, but also the call from the Pacific to World Leaders to join us online on 22 November.”
He added that “We look forward to the response from the leaders of other regions, joining the many Heads of Government who have already confirmed their participation in the CVF Virtual Summit this November.”
In acknowledgement of the Pacific Islands Forum outcome, HE Loren Legarda, Hon. Senator of the Philippines, a CVF Troika member said:
“We laud Pacific island nations for their unity on the urgency of climate action. You inspire us and other climate vulnerable countries in our common fight to survive and thrive in the frontlines of climate change.
“Instead of inviting sympathy from the rest of the world, we are calling for everyone to stand with us in solidarity. Vulnerable countries like ours do what we can despite limited means – surely bigger economies can own up to their responsibility in creating this climate crisis.
“I am hopeful because globally, ordinary citizens and grassroots movements are rising up for climate action and clean energy.”
The Forum Communique issued today in Nauru stated:
“Leaders supported the Climate Vulnerable Forum Virtual Summit of Heads of Governmenthosted by the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the first to use an innovative entirely online format, on 22 November 2018, as a UNFCCC Talanoa Dialogue event towards increased ambition in climate action by 2020. Leaders called on world leaders to participate in solidarity with the most vulnerable nations.”
The Marshall Islands as chair of the CVF convenes the first intergovernmental leaders’ Summit in an entirely online format on 22 November 2018 (#VirtualClimateSummit). H.E. Hilda Heine, Hon. President of the Marshall Islands, extended an invitation to join the Summit to any leader prepared to do more to stand in solidarity with vulnerable nations by 2020.
Caption: Leaders at the 49th Pacific Islands Forum (Image: Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat; Licence: all rights reserved)