PRIME Minister Hon. James Marape says Papua New Guinea must make full use of the opportunities presented by climate change talks while addressing the issues it has wrought upon our communities in the region and globally.
The Prime Minister said this during his speech, presented by Minister for Conservation Environment Protection Agency Wera Mori, at the launch of PNG’s implementation plans for climate change.
The PNG Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) Implementation Plan 2021 – 2030, Climate Change NDC Regulations 2021, and two NDC Sector Roadmaps for Energy, Agriculture, Forestry and other Land Use were launched before Members of Parliament, sector representatives and development partners on Friday (08.10.21)  in Port Moresby.
PM Marape said: “We must make use of this momentous opportunity to prove to our people.
“It is imperative that we take climate change seriously … to assume a better quality of life, health and environment to our present and future generations.
“Enough of talking; we need more action.”
The Prime Minister revealed that Papua New Guinea is among the first countries to have submitted its Enhanced National Determined Contributions to the United Nations last year 2020.
He said: “I am pleased that PNG is part of the drive to the ambition to reach the global goal to keep the temperature below 2 degrees-Celsius.
“Last year, we submitted the Enhanced National Determined Contributions to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change – the steps to take up against climate change.
“PNG completed ratification of the Paris Agreement in 2016, and will continue to take concrete actions towards its implementation.
“At the heart of the Paris agreement are our NDC. This ensures that countries play their part in limiting temperature rise to below 2 degrees.
“They are the business and investment plans to drive the transition to a lower emission more climate resilient global economy into the green economy space.
“Any plan can only be as good as its implementation. PNG is committing to a target of carbon neutrality within the industry subsector by 2030.
“This will be achieved by implementing the actions under the ENDC Implementations Plan 2021 to 2030, in Land Use, Land use chains, and Foresty.
“PNG is committing to a reduction in annual emission from deforestation and forest degradation due to agricultural expansion and commercial logging of 10,000 giga-grams of carbon compared to 2015 level.
“Emissions from the land sector, primarily in agriculture and forestry account for around 20% of global emissions and are currently growing rapidly.
“The land sector also presents some of our most complex adaptation challenges as well. The initiative PNG is taking ensuring the NDCs entails implementation plan in the 10 year period, will support the government in reaching its target.
“In my recent statement delivered at the 76thUNGA, I joined my other Small Island Developing States to make the call for collective efforts from the big emitters, the developed nations,  to fight the biggest current threat to our environment.
“I will continue to echo the much needed sense of urgency and commitment. Enough off talking and we need more action.
“Going into Glasgow we need to work together to restore our eco-systems.
“PNG is committed in working to ensure that we keep to the Paris Agreement goal which is 1.5degree Celsius reachable.
“We believe that mobilising resources and forging partnerships is key to actions we should take locally to fully implement the Paris agreement.”
The Prime Minister acknowledged the support from all development partners in the climate change action space including the United Nations Development Program, the Global Green Growth Institute, and others.