Wednesday, 9 December 2009

Vanuatu on internally displaced, backs AOSIS call to COP15

A strong Vanuatu delegation here in Copenhagen, has thrown its full support behind the Alliance of Small Island States stance for a legally binding agreement. Vanuatu’s Meteorology Director and lead delegate Jotham Napat told Climate Pacific his country wholeheartedly supports the AOSIS position. It has similar concerns and is one of the five Pacific nations of the 49-member Least Developed Country (LDC) group. Napat says the AOSIS stand for a legally binding agreement is clear and paves the way forward for future negotiations, even though it is still too early to predict how the climate talks will progress. On whether Vanuatu is experiencing climate change he says the island nation is already relocating people from Torres Island, whose water sources have been contaminated by sea water. “Vanuatu has done an adaptation project, relocating a community from Torres Island, whose water sources are not safe any more, proving to the international community that climate change is happening in Vanuatu and we must adapt”.

Ahimsa Kibikibi
Climate Pasifika

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