10 Dec 2010

Pacific leaders say climate change at crisis level

6:45 am on 10 December 2010

Pacific leaders have told a media conference at the United Nations talks in Mexico that the impacts of climate change have reached a crisis stage in their countries and urgent action is needed.

Leaders and representatives from Kiribati, Tuvalu, Nauru, the Federated States of Micronesia and Samoa addressed the international media in Cancun.

They called for direct and easy access to funding for adaptation and mitigation, and for agreements to extend the Kyoto protocol and reach a long-term deal on climate change.

The Prime Minister of Samoa Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi gave this response when asked if Pacific countries were worried that a deadlock on extending the Kyoto protocol on reducing emissions, could prevent progress being made on other issues.

"It is hoped that the urgency of the realisation of the adverse impact on everybody that good sense will eventually prevail and that we just have to push and push to get the big countries affected to come to a decision."