Solomons' PM dismayed at US pullout from Paris deal

2:51 pm on 6 June 2017

The prime minister of Solomon Islands has joined other Pacific leaders in expressing dissappointment at the US president's decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement on climate change.

The president Donald Trump announced last week the US would pullout of the deal signed by 195 countries in 2015.

In a statement, Manasseh Sogavare said Solomon Islands stood in solidarity with the international community in reaffirming its commitment to the agreement.

He said Solomon Islands had already lost five islands and continued to deal with relocated populations due to sea level rise and increasingly severe natural disasters.

Mr Sogavare said the country did not have the luxury to watch narrow interests get in the way of global action on climate change.

The prime minister called on the Solomon Islands' "good friend" to reconsider its decision.

Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare visits Fiji’s Nakodu Mudu village-one of the hardest hit areas by Cyclone Winston.

Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare visits Fiji’s Nakodu Mudu village-one of the hardest hit areas by Cyclone Winston. Photo: Supplied

He said the future of all nations depended on actions taken today to bring climate change under control.

"Climate change is a global issue that needs global action now.

"The Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals remain our last chance in creating a sustainable future for our people and humanity.

"We must not allow the Paris Agreement to fail," the prime minister said.

"Solomon Islands hopes the science of climate change will guide the United States' policy on climate change."

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