4 Sep 2013

EU acknowledges Pacific climate change urgency

6:23 pm on 4 September 2013

The European Commissioner for Climate Action, Connie Hedegaard, says there is a clear sense of urgency about the need to combat climate change in the Pacific.

Ms Hedegaard is in the Marshall Islands for the Pacific Islands Forum leaders meeting where the focus is on climate change.

Island nations are demanding concrete action to deal with climate change and she says she can understand why the threatened island countries are becoming impatient.

"Europe is also impatient so I think that is one of the key impressions that I will convey to in the further climate talks. Time is running out. The world must get its act together and those who are the most vulnerable and most exposed are getting very very impatient for very good reasons."

The European Union Climate Action Commissioner, Connie Hedegaard