Rosi Doviverata reports of Fiji Prime Minister's announcement during the Ocean Panel discussion at the COP 26 Glasgow summit.
“Fiji’s actions and ambitions show what we expect of the world,” Bainimarama said. “First, we need clarity on how parties will improve sustainability when it comes to the management of their marine resources,”...“Next, we must scale up the innovation and technology needed to harness ocean energy as a means to drive a low carbon transition.” Mr Bainimarama urged world leaders to note that ocean ecosystem protection, as part of our collective climate action, could spark the most rapid and impactful transformation towards net-zero economies. Read here
Splash247.com reports that many more nations are backing shipping carbon levy - 50 Climate Vulnerable Forum countries (CVF), from Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America, the Middle East and the Pacific, have called for the UN’s shipping agency, the International Maritime Organization (IMO), to establish a greenhouse gas levy on international shipping. Read here.
Stuff.co.nz reports that The Australian government has used its diplomatic weight in the Pacific to divide small island states in their efforts to lobby for climate action, according to a report by Greenpeace endorsed by former Pacific leaders that has been launched at COP26. Read here and watch video
In a foreword to the report, Pacific Bully and International Outcast, Anote Tong, a former president of Kiribati and an elder statesman of both Pacific and climate change politics, criticises the commitments Australia brought to the UN climate summit in Glasgow.