Pacific climate resolution backed by UN - Australia should act on resolution at upcoming Pacific Islands Forum

Friends of the Earth has welcomed the unanimous support for a resolution passed overnight in the General Assembly of the United Nations, urging action on the security implications of climate change.

Friends of the Earth
Media Release : June 4 2009

Pacific climate resolution backed by UN
Australia should act on resolution at upcoming Pacific Islands Forum

Friends of the Earth has welcomed the unanimous support for a resolution passed overnight in the General Assembly of the United Nations, urging action on  the security implications of climate change.

The resolution which urges the Security Council to examine the security implications of sea-level rise is the culmination of a year long campaign by Pacific Island countries. “Finally the world is listening to the Pacific Island countries”, Damien Lawson, climate justice spokesperson for Friends of the Earth said today.

“Climate change, in particular sea-level rise threatens the existence of many Pacific Island countries. The passage of this resolution shows the world is waking up to the reality of global warming.”

“The Australian government who along with the rest of the world backed this call to action should now act on its support for this resolution.”

“The upcoming Pacific Islands leaders Forum in Cairns should be an opportunity to address this threat to Pacific Islands, but we are concerned climate change may not even be on the agenda.”

“The Australian government should make climate the focus for the meeting, and come with  substantial new commitments to adaptation funding and pollution cuts in line with what the Pacific says is necessary for the survival of island states.”

For more information:
Damien Lawson 03 9419 8700 or 0419 253 342