6 Aug 2009

Pacific Island Forum leaders focus on climate change on day two

5:17 am on 6 August 2009

The Pacific Island forum leaders are today expected to deliver a strong message on climate change and its impact on the region.

The leaders yesterday discussed the challenges of climate change and what needs to be done globally.

Megan Whelan reports from Cairns.

"The Cook Islands Prime Minister, Jim Marurai says leaders want to let developed countries know that the countries of the Pacific are the most vulnerable, but the least contributors of carbon emissions. The representative of Kiribati, foreign secretary Tessie Lambourne, says her country, which is one of the most at risk from the impacts of climate change, is looking for practical solutions for people who may need to leave the countries in which they live. Toke Talagi, the outgoing forum chair challenged the forum, saying for many states, choices such as resettlement must be considered, and he wonders if the forum is ready to start formal discussions on the matter. But the Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Derek Sikua, says he believes there's been a call to action, and that the issue will be addressed in today's resolution."