24 Nov 2015

Vanuatu PM to miss Paris climate talks

1:54 pm on 24 November 2015

The Prime Minister of Vanuatu Sato Kilman will not be attending the climate change talks in Paris.

Sato Kilman - pictured during a visit to Russia in March 2015

Sato Kilman - pictured during a visit to Russia in March 2015 Photo: Vladimir Pesnya / RIA Novosti

The COP21 meeting which gets underway at the end of the month aims to achieve a legally binding agreement on global temperature rise.

The 30-strong Vanuatu delegation will be headed by the Deputy Prime Minister Christophe Emelee.

The Director of the Department of Energy, Jesse Benjamin, who will also attend, says the meeting is about survival for Pacific Island countries.

"We are the victims, we are the ones that are suffering, we are telling them, eh, you have to support us in our actions. The loss and damage has to be compensated by you people, because you are the ones who are polluting, you are the ones who are causing the climate change."

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