PNG’s Climate Concept

By Theckla Gunga – EM TV News, Port Moresby

The legal binding agreement put forth by the PNG Office of Climate Change and Development, will be adopted by over 190 countries in the world.

The 21st Conference of Parties President, Laurent Fabius, made the announcement, after Papua New Guinean climatologists presented vibrant negotiations on climate change issues affecting Pacific countries.

They made the negotiations with other international climate and environment specialists during the COP21 meet in Paris, France.

The discussions were centred on Reducing Emissions by Deforestation and Forest Degradation Plus, an area OCCD was very vocal about in 2015.

Key areas in this agreement include Climate Change Financing, Adaptation, Loss and Damages.

Under Climate Change Financing, the PNG team led by Environment and Conservation Minister, John Pundari, representatives from OCCD and the PNG Forest Authority argued strongly for financial access to carry out the programs.

They said the category is in line with PNG’s strategy to support Small or Least Developed Pacific countries in regard to climate change.

In 2011 during COP17 in South Africa, PNG’s proposal on REDD Plus was embedded with other participating countries in the universal agreement and was to be consolidated in COP21.

Now, following the recent negotiations, all 169 countries will be implementing the agreement in 2020.

Minister Pundari described the announcement by president Fabius as Momentous occasion and expressed his appreciation to the global community for reaching a compromise to adopt the first ever legal agreement on Climate Change.

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