28 Sep 2007

Pacific leaders at UN warn affluent countries of climate change responsibilities

2:52 pm on 28 September 2007

Leaders from four Pacific nations have used their addresses to the United Nations General Assembly to warn the world's affluent countries about climate change responsibilities.

Papua new Guinea's Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare spoke of his concern in seeing certain industrialised nations attempting to avoid responsibility for their own carbon emissions and shifting the focus to developing nations.

Sir Michael outlined a series of measures he said must be in place in the successor agreement to the Kyoto Protocol on greenhouse gas emissions, which is due to expire in 2012.

The President of the Federated States of Micronesia, Emanuel Mori, said developed countries must provide more financing to the most vulnerable nations to assist them in coping with mitigation requirements.

Nauru's President, Ludwig Scotty, said it's unfair that small island developing states are among the most vulnerable to the effects of climate change when they collectively contributed so little to the emission of greenhouse gases.

Palau's Vice-President Elias Camsek Chin said proposed reductions under a successor pact to the Kyoto Protocol must be ambitious and quantifiable, rather than a set of general intentions.