Scott Morrison, Pacific İslands, Australia, Climate Change

Scott Morrison, Pacific İslands

Ardern backs Pacific on climate, puts heat on Australia

Ardern backs Pacific on climate, puts heat on Australia

14.8.2019

Ardern backs Pacific on climate, puts heat on Australia

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Wednesday backed Pacific leaders' calls for urgent action on climate change , ramping up pressure on ...

Australia's Scott Morrison arrived at a meeting of Pacific island leaders in Tuvalu with Canberra's regional leadership in question amid intense scrutiny of his government's climate change policies.

Wealthy Australia has long dominated the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF), an 18-member grouping consisting mainly of small atoll nations dotted around the vast Pacific ocean.

"New Zealand will do its bit and we have an expectation that everyone else will as well... Australia has to answer to the Pacific, that's a matter for them," she told reporters.

Greenpeace campaigner Joseph Moeono-Kolio said Morrison's government appeared intent on watering down the summit's communique, due to be issued Thursday, which is set to demand urgent action on climate change.

Morrison has staunchly defended Australia's climate record, insisting the country will meet its 2030 emissions reduction target set under the 2015 Paris Agreement.

However, the pre-summit rhetoric from island leaders this year indicates they are unlikely to cave in to pressure from Canberra.

Oxfam Australia accused Australian officials of refusing to negotiate with PIF leaders as a whole, saying they were pushing for bilateral meetings as part of a"divide and rule" strategy.

"For the Pacific, these commitments are a matter of survival."

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