PM Marape to focus on climate, biodiversity at COP26 meet


Papua New Guinea will seek to progress a number of issues on behalf of its people and the wider Pacific Blue economy at the COP 26 next month in Glasgow.

Prime Minister James Marape in his address to the 76th UN General Assembly said that it was vital for PNG and the Pacific leadership to commit to the energy targets and deal with land use to preserve its biodiversity.

“During COP26, I will be seeking to progress a number of issues on behalf of Papua New Guinea and the wider Pacific Blue economy,” Marape said.

“We must all commit to the energy targets, deal with land use, and advocate for the preservation of biodiversity and be more bold in climate financing commitments.

“These issues which are important to Papua New Guinea and the Pacific Islands Forum Countries and we will be seeking support and advocacy from developed and industrialised countries to back our domestic and regional efforts towards adaptation and mitigation through global funding assistance.

“I will be seeking an understanding to build a special set of criteria that is simplified to enable us to qualify for financial support for our adaptation and mitigation strategies,” Marape said.

COP26 – or the 26th conference of the parties under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change UNFCCC – is set to be the largest gathering on climate issues ever and one of the biggest events hosted in Scotland.

The conference is planned for the first two weeks of November in Glasgow and will include hundreds of heads of state, diplomats, climate experts, business leaders, journalists, and campaigners.

The UK will host the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow on 31 October – 12 November, 2021.

The COP26 summit will bring parties together to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

For the private sector, COP provides an opportunity to support national governments in meeting their NDCs, demonstrate industry leadership, and engage with key stakeholders.

Opportunities to engage with the COP agenda and participate in related events begins long before November, with regional dialogues and a youth COP as just a few examples.

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