Climate change remains the most significant threat to the security and wellbeing of the peoples of the Pacific, as declared by Pacific leaders in the 2018 Boe and 2019 Kainaki II Declarations. This is echoed by the Pacific Elders' Voice in their recent statements on climate security threat. As some of the lowest global greenhouse gas emitters, Pacific nations are also on the frontlines of the devastating impacts of climate change. Pacific leaders have long been calling for credible and urgent climate action from fellow global decision-makers.
On the occasion of the visit of the Pacific Elders' Voice to Australia, the ANU Institute for Climate, Energy & Disaster Solutions (ICEDS) convened a special panel to discuss possible climate change actions Australia can be taking to better support Pacific Island nations. The panel also considered how Pacific countries can work together sharing resources and cultural knowledge for adaptation and resilience, strategies for managing climate-influenced migration, and what can Australia learn from Pacific Island nations on climate leadership.
- The Hon Anote Tong, Former President of the Republic of Kiribati
- The Hon Tommy Remengesau Jr, Former President of Palau
- Dr Siobhan McDonnell, Senior Lecturer, Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University
- Akka Rimon, PhD Candidate, Department of Pacific Affairs, Coral Bell School, The Australian National University
- Amelia Faotusia, PhD Candidate, Department of Pacific Affairs, Coral Bell School, The Australian National University
The panel was moderated by Professor Katerina Teaiwa, School of Culture, History and Language, College of Asia and the Pacific, The Australian National University.
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ICEDS acknowledges the support of the Pacific Elders' Voice in this event.