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Pacific leaders talk climate change with French President

04 May 2018

Posted in: Pacific Radio News,

By Ruci Farrell -

Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters joins Pacific leaders in Noumea today for high-level talks with French President Emmanuel Macron about climate change and biodiversity.

Pacific nations are among the 55 signatories to the Paris Climate Agreement, pushing to reduce global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

Mr Peter says the discussions will underscore the importance New Zealand places on supporting the Pacific with climate change adaptation, resilience and disaster-risk reduction.

“Deeper partnerships are at the heart of New Zealand’s refresh strategic approach to the region," he says.

Pacific Community (SPC) Director-General Dr Colin Tukuitonga says Pacific leaders will have the opportunity to progress specific expectations with President Macron.

"The conversation is very much about the leaders of the Pacific continuing to inform the President about the concerns in this region, the impact of climate change."

"France is a key player in the Paris Agreement discussion at the global level."