I want to express my very deep solidarity and admiration in relation to the people and the government of Tuvalu.
You are on the frontline of the war on climate change because climate change is striking in Tuvalu in a more dramatic way than anywhere else in the world.
I have enormous admiration for how you have decided to resist and you are implementing a programme of adaptation and resilience that is something that the whole world should admire and support. But it’s necessary that governments that are still causing the problems that affect Tuvalu understand that they need to change. They need to change their energy policies, their transportation policies, the way they manage their cities, the way they are using fossil fuels so that the impact of climate change on Tuvalu can be stopped. Climate change cannot be stopped in Tuvalu it has to be stopped in the rest of the world.
We will be fighting during our Summit in New York to make sure that all countries accept the commitment that we need to be globally carbon neutral by 2050 to limit the increase in temperature to 1.5 degrees.
At the same time, I want to express my deep solidarity and the total support from the United Nations to the government and to the people of Tuvalu in your determined efforts to preserve your country – physically, culturally, in the economic and social dimensions, as a rich component of the Pacific and the international community.
The UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres saw the frontline of “the battle against climate change” for himself on Thursday, by taking to the tropical waters of the South Pacific off the coast of Fiji, on a solar-powered boat. More
Thank you, your Excellency Honourable Prime Minister, for your words and especially thank you very much for the extremely warm hospitality I have been enjoying in your wonderful country.
This visit has two dimensions: the Fijian dimension and the Pacific dimension.
In the Fijian dimension it is a visit of gratitude in which I want to express how much we appreciate the extraordinary contribution of the Fijian people and the Fijian Government to all the important areas of action of the United Nations and all the important areas of international cooperation.
Fiji has been a strong and committed partner in peacekeeping. Fijian soldiers and Fijian police officers have shown enormous determination, enormous courage, and some of them, unfortunately, have lost their lives protecting the lives of vulnerable people – of women, of children – in some of the most dangerous places in the world.
There is a depth of gratitude that all of the international community in relation to Fiji that I want to express very clearly, being side by side with a former peacekeeper.
UN Chief Outlines ‘Intertwined Challenges’ of Climate Change, Ocean Health Facing Pacific Nations on the ‘frontline’
Visiting Fiji for the first time as Secretary-General, António Guterres outlined two “fundamental challenges” facing leaders attending the Pacific Islands Forum on Thursday, namely climate change and the world’s rising ocean, which threatens to submerge low-lying nations.
“The Pacific region is on the frontline of climate change”, he said. “That means you are also our important allies in the fight against it”
The UN chief said that he was there “to see the region’s climate pressures firsthand, and to learn about the work being undertaken by communities here in Fiji and elsewhere to bolster resilience”.
The citizens of Port Adelaide and the City of Adelaide responded to the call to help make a difference in saving our ocean. Asked to turn up to play a part in a creative art installation on Semaphore Beach some 50 people dressed in black suits and top hats, braved the lashing rain showers and 40 km/hr winds to join artist Andrew Baines in his work at the ocean’s edge. Forming a solemn line they stared out on the ocean that is in serious trouble as a result of human activities. The brooding images produced will form the basis of further artworks by the artist and also provided great material for both local media and the social media outreach of those who were there.
Prior to the event, which UNIC Canberra worked on with the UN Association of Australia’s South Australia branch, the UNIC Director addressed the participants stressing the dire state of our ocean and highlighting the damage done to them by plastics. He noted that unless we changed our ways, by 2050 we would see more plastic in the ocean than fish and thanked everyone for turning out to help send a message that the world needs to act; whether as delegates to the Ocean Conference, through local groups or through individual action. His call for action and protection of the ocean was echoed in speeches by both the Mayor of Port Adelaide and the Lord Mayor of the City of Adelaide, each of whom then joined the line at the water’s edge to add action to their words.
On June 8 World Oceans Day the Year 8 students from Bombaderry High School undertook a big Ocean Cleanup at Seven Mile Beach near to their school.
They had also been undertaking video projects to show the rest of the school about the importance of saving our oceans and sustainable living.
Picking up plastic on the beach the UNIC Canberra Director and the students were happy that the plastic was in their bags and not in the mouths or stomachs of marine life
or polluting the world’s beautiful oceans.
Prior to the beach clean up UNIC Canberra spoke to the students at their school about the Ocean Conference and how the world is coming together to protect our oceans and that today in Bombaderry we were all playing our part. Good to know our future is in good hands, thanks to all the students.
Opening a “game-changing” international conference on the health of the world’s oceans and seas, top United Nations officials today urged coordinated global action to protect the planet.
Speaking in the UN General Assembly Hall, Secretary-General António Guterres cautioned Governments that unless they overcome short-term territorial and resource interests, the state of the oceans will continue to deteriorate. More
New York, 2 June—A surge in the number of voluntary commitments to take action to improve the health of the ocean by countries, businesses and civil society groups has been recorded, and more are expected as the Ocean Conference gets underway Monday, 5 June at United Nations Headquarters in New York
The commitments, now numbering over 600 and still increasing, come as heads of state and government and ministers will join ocean leaders, experts, businesses, and civil society organizations to discuss solutions that restore the health of the world’s ocean. The commitments target a wide range of ocean problems, ranging from protecting coral reefs, strengthening sustainable fisheries, reducing plastic pollution, and addressing the impacts of climate change on the ocean. Read more of this Media Advisory about the Ocean Conference
UN General Assembly President Peter Thomson told UN News that reducing marine pollution and sustainably managing and conserving marine resources are some of the expected outcomes from the upcoming Ocean Conference.
The high-level United Nations Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development will be convened at United Nations Headquarters in New York from 5 to 9 June 2017, coinciding with World Oceans Day, to support the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14.
On Friday 28 of April, the Director of the United Nations Information Centre, Mr Christopher Woodthorpe, gave a presentation to students from Bomaderry High School at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
The presentation focused on the history of the United Nations and the Sustainable Development Goals. The event was organised by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade who also spoke about the SDGs and how the Australian government is contributing to their achievements.