Pacific climate diplomacy moves beyond COPs

Climate activists in Vanuatu. PHOTO: Charley Piringi

As negotiations stutter and stall with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Pacific Island governments and communities are ramping up diplomatic efforts to call for urgent action on fossil fuels.

There is increasing concern that the annual global climate negotiations – the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties, or COPs – are failing to address the urgent need to reduce fossil fuel production and consumption. Island states are also angry that Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries have failed to meet their pledges to provide the finance needed to address the adverse effects of climate . . .

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