Climate change advocates in the Pacific have made fresh calls to Australia and New Zealand to lead negotiations at the COP21 UN climate change conference in Paris from November 30 to December 11, 2015.
Two Pacific leaders who have been most vocal on climate change, Tuvalu Prime Minister, Enele Sopoaga, and the Foreign Minister of the Marshall Islands, Tony de Brum, have said that they have much hope in both countries, widely known as the Pacific’s big brothers.
Radio New Zealand reports that Brum said that both Australia and New Zealand are not just friends of the Pacific, but are part of the Pacific region. He has renewed calls for both nations to lead Pacific nations at the global climate change forum and advocate for Pacific islanders who are affected by the adverse effects of climate change.
Pacific leaders are pushing for a legal agreement for action on climate change; including a 1.5 degree emissions target. They are also calling on a review of the climate situation to be incorporated.