Opinion: COP28 marks the end of business as usual for the Blue Pacific

The United Nations climate talks (COP28) concluded in Dubai delivered a mixed bag of outcomes for the Pacific.  An early highlight during these annual talks was the agreement to operationalise a loss and damage

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COP28: Short of the finish line

After almost 30 years of haggling over the planet’s future at COP meetings, climate activists descended on COP28 in Dubai in December, intent on achieving the phasing out of fossil fuels. Instead, the meeting approved

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COP28 adopts ‘UAE consensus’ paving the way for fossil fuel transition

The President of COP28 Sultan Al Jaber has announced that participating parties have endorsed the ‘UAE Consensus’ Wednesday in the climate change negotiations in Dubai.  The consensus, supported by representatives

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Negotiations at COP28 hit roadblock as fossil fuel phase-out language faces opposition

On the last day of negotiations at COP28, Karlos Moresi Lee, the Pacific Islands Forum Programme Adviser for Resilient Development Finance, discussed the challenges faced by negotiators from the Alliance of Small Island

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COP28 draft agreement calls for fossil fuel cuts but avoids ‘phase-out’

Oil-exporting countries will be called upon to reduce their production drastically in the coming decades, if a draft agreement published at the COP28 UN summit on Monday is accepted. The text avoids highly contentious

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AOSIS Ministers express serious concerns over COP28 Global Stocktake draft text

The Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) Chairs Minister, Cedric Schuster of Samoa, Monday voiced deep worries regarding the process and content of the document in reaction to the COP28 Presidency’s draft text on

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Ministers demand action, not words at COP28

In a panel discussion at COP28 Saturday, government ministers emphasized their priorities and the urgency of addressing critical issues such as climate change adaptation, loss and damage and climate finance.  The

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‘Hold the line’: Pacific climate activists at COP28

Pacific climate champions chanted ‘hold the line’ at COP28 late last week amid concerns about the direction of the climate talks. Pacific climate activist Drue Slatter told Islands Business the presence of 2456

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Pacific fights for climate finance at COP28

In the final days of the global climate negotiations in Dubai, countries continue to argue over the “phase out” or “phase down” of fossil fuels. United Arab Emirates, the host nation of the 28th Conference of

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Pacific SIDS face uphill battle as negotiator warns of unresolved issues and financial challenges

Pacific Small Island Developing States (SIDS) brace for an uphill battle as a key negotiator issues a warning about remaining unresolved issues and financial hurdles as COP28 negotiations pass midway. Exsley Taloiburi,

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Data gaps hamper displacement discussion

Pacific Island negotiators at COP28 face the challenge of quantifying the economic and non-economic costs human displacement due to a lack of systematic data collection. But Lorenzo Guadagno, the Project Coordinator for

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Pacific Resilience Facility set to launch in 2025: Forum Chair Brown

Cook Islands Prime Minister and Pacific Islands Forum Chair, Mark Brown has announced at the COP28 side event in Dubai that the Pacific Resilience Facility (PRF) is scheduled to commence operations by 2025.  Brown

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