Secretary of the Department of Prime Minister and National Executive Council Mr Ivan Pomaleu has reiterated Prime Minister James Marape’s call on industrialized nations to take real action to assist Small Island States to mitigate and adapt to climate change.
He was addressing the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) virtual meeting in New York on Wednesday 22 September 2021.
“I was pleased to join the important dialogue to exchange views in shaping the future as SIDD, particularly on issues of common concern and our shared interests so I would like to extend my thank you to the members of the AOSIS for the excellent leadership and commendable work, particularly in the midst of the COVID-19, climate changes and socio – economic challenges we encountered.
“I would like to reflect and thank the President of the General Assembly for his Statement of support.”
He said with the adoption of the Samoa Pathway, it takes clear cognizance of the importance of the SDG’s at that time and now the key elements of the millennium development goals continues to exist but implementations has been lacking.
“We really need to move along in the implementations of these targets, as it is important where it is, a review is warranted, and we must ensure that this happen, and we must also take account of any limiting factors affecting actions and to deal with those issues”, said Mr Pomaleu.
“Impacted nations have faced devastating effects of these challenges and a balance approach is needed to ensure development targets are not sacrificed.
“Papua New Guinea will be calling for the implementation of an enhanced level of NDC’s and a clear implementation plan.
“More important commitments must be given to energy reliance, reductions of forest degradations, and preservations of biodiversity and more actions must be taken on these issues and less talk,” Mr Pomaleu emphasised.
He added, “more delays, people will lose their livelihoods or their lives and so Papua New Guinea will join other small island states to make a call in Glasgow ,that time is of essence and all small island nations expect actions from those who must take leadership and action to commensurate to their level of emissions.”
“We will join others in looking for a clear pathway in accessing climate financing and it is important that clear guidelines and clear consistent applications of the guidelines is established and adopted to ensure that funds are accessed for mitigation and adaption”, he said.
Secretary Pomaleu stressed that Papua New Guinea supports the AOSIS Leaders Declaration on the basis that it encapsulates all the key action matters that move everyone’s collective interests going forward.
“It is important that prevailing challenges are recognized but articulates important and achievable targets that can be achieved”, Secretary Pomaleu stressed.
PNG also supports the initiative for an important institutional mechanism to be established to manage and take these important initiatives going forward.