Pacific warms up for COP19

Pacific warms up for COP19

Pacific island states have arrived at this year’s Climate Change Conference in Warsaw Poland, hoping that their collective voice will finally be heard. The 19th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework to Convention on Climate Change (COP 19) commenced yesterday with emotionally charged opening statements from participating nations, many evoking the devastation caused by typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, Palau, Vietnam and elsewhere. All 14 Pacific island countries will be negotiating as part of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) – a coalition of 44 states and observers from small island and low-lying coastal countries. AOSIS begun by asking the international community to reflect on whether it is living up to commitments made two decades ago to tackle climate change.

This article was written by
Jenn Bowtell

Jen joined PiPP as a research associate in 2013 after working in grassroots community development in Vanuatu for several years. She completed her bachelor of International Studies at RMIT University in 2011.