21 Apr 2011

Climate funding no panacea for Pacific

3:09 pm on 21 April 2011

The United Nations Development Programme's deputy resident representative says the participants at last week's climate finance meeting in Palau agreed that access to funds isn't a panacea.

The workshop brought together senior government officials from around the Pacific to discuss improving their access to and use of climate funds.

Toily Kurbanov says the delegates concluded that accessing climate financing wouldn't solve all of the issues.

"What we felt was more important and that was probably the essence of our discussions with our consultations with the national stakeholders across the pacfic is the need to ensure that climate change is front and centre of all of the countries' development strategies and policies."

Toily Kurbanov says the meeting also resulted in the formation of a UNDP-facilitated, email service called the Pacific Climate Change Community.