Prime Ministers Media Releases

PNG VIEWS NDC AS VITAL GUIDELINES FOR CLIMATE WOES

GLASGOW: Papua New Guinea views its nationally determined contributions (NDC) as an important guideline for us to collectively address the impacts of our biggest challenge – climate change.

These determinations are national climate plans highlighting climate actions, including climate related targets, policies and measures governments aim to implement in response to climate change and as a contribution to global climate action. Central to the NDCs is the concept of national determination.

Prime Minister’s Special Envoy to COP26, Hon. Wera Mori outlined this importance of NDCs while speaking at the High Level Event on the Regional Pacific NDC Hub’s Strategy 2030, at the COP26 Climate Summit, in Scotland.

The event was hosted by GIZ – an international enterprise owned by the German Federal Government, that operates in various fields of economic development and employment promotion, governance and democracy, security, reconstruction, peace-building and civil conflict transformation, food security, health and basic education, environmental protection, resource conservation, and climate change mitigation.

“Climate Change is a faceless monster which has no boundaries. Unfortunately for us in the Pacific region, we are being made to pay for the problems we have had no part in creating.

“In the Pacific Region, we may be seen as small island nations or just a ‘dot’ on the global map. But what the global community doesn’t realize is, the Pacific Island nations and its territorial waters cover approximately 25 per cent of ‘Mother Earth’.

“It is our oceans, that we often depend on, are now facing the brunt of climate change.

“The temperatures are rising. And, in the first 20 meters of our Pacific waters’ surface, these temperatures have already reached four degrees centigrade,” Minister Mori said.

He said how do we compensate the small island nations, which cover millions of square kilometers of sea area?

“This is a tough challenge for us all. Because of the rising temperatures, we have tuna migrating away from our waters. We have other fish also migrating from our waters.

“So, this is the point where we need to establish, under our respective nationally determined contributions, more focus on adaptation and mitigation,” Minister Mori said.

He said we must see how best we can provide the different sources of livelihood sustainability for those island nations, including Papua New Guinea.

“That is where our economy depends on and this is very important.

“As a country, concerning Papua New Guinea’s nationally determined contributions, we have further made concerted efforts, with the assistance of GIZ, completing all policies to ensure that we walk the part of our respective objectives.

“Back in PNG, we realize that we host 30 per cent of global tropical rainforest. Hence, we have made a bold decision to ban round-logging by 2025 and by 2030 we aim to ban logging, completely.

But at the same time, we are undertaking other active programs like tree-planting, among others.

He said the challenges faced by small island nations of the Pacific are real. So, we must act now and ‘walk the talk’ so our people on those islands aren’t relocated and can continue to live their lives, where they belong.

Since 2011, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) has been helping the 15 governments of the Pacific Community in various ways to adapt to the consequences of climate change. The federal enterprise is implementing these activities on behalf of the European Union and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.

MORI: PNG NEEDS TO DRAW TANGIBLE OUTCOMES FROM COP26

GLASGOW: The Prime Minister’s Special Envoy to the 26th Conference of the Parties, Hon. Wera Mori, says Papua New Guinea anticipates on firmly drawing tangible outcomes from the COP26 Leaders’ Summit, in Scotland. 

 He made these remarks during the first day of the COP26 Leaders’ Summit (Monday), where he intends to make a bold stand, reiterating Prime Minister Hon. James Marape’s country statement on climate change, delivered in New York, during the United Nations General Assembly, in September.

 He said our bold statement at the summit would be 'Enough of talk. Let's take action. We need to walk the talk.”

 “Papua New Guinea, like many small island developing states in the Pacific and the world, suffer the consequences of emissions by industrialized countries, which we are not responsible for.

 “Now, we have our oceans – The Blue Pacific, being destroyed, where our seas have become acidic.

 “Rising sea-levels are washing away coastlines on many of our small islands,” Minister Mori said. 

 He said PNG refuses to attend COP summits with little result.

 “Our seas are being destroyed. Our food security from our oceans is being threatened from over saturation of carbon pollution. 

 “These problems are entirely from industrialized countries’ contribution to the destruction of our oceans, resulting in the bleaching of our coral reefs, affecting spawning grounds for our high-class tuna. 

 “We experience severe patterns of global warming, induced weather variations, basically creating challenges to our infrastructures,” Minister Mori said.

 He made this remarks on the sidelines of the COP26 to international media such as UK Channel 5, among others.

He said by the same token, as a country that is host to seven per cent of global biodiversity and over one per cent of land mass of global landmass, Papua New Guinea feels that it is

our objective to see actual actions taken to address these crises.

“From the outcomes of this Climate Summit at the end, PNG and other countries that are vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, must know how and when they can access this

climate funds, which is supposed to be a $100 billion per annum.

“And therefore, it is only important and proper that we obtain positive outcomes from this climate summit or, we may find that there is no benefit from such global meetings, and that

there is no point in attending and participating in future COP meetings.

“Consequently, we need to show to the world that we are serious on combatting climate change and carbon emissions, as these problems aren’t caused by us but by the global

community,” Minister Mori said.

He also met with the executive director of the Global Climate Fund (GCF), Yannick Glemarec, on the margins of the summit, to best discuss how PNG could effectively drawdown

on climate funds that are available.

“In fact, GCF have country projects that are currently being implemented in PNG.

“I have also asked for further meetings with GCF to ensure that processes are better understood,” Minister Mori said.

In attendance with him were the Member for Moresby Northwest Hon. Lohia Boe Samuel and Member for Talasea Hon. Francis Maneke.

As for the other MPs, they have been participating and will continue to participate in various important meetings aligned with our environment and climate change goals.

Oro Governor, Hon. Gary Juffa also met with the Director General for International Centre for Research in Agroforestry (ICRAF), Mr Tony Simons, to further discuss their forest

conservation management project in Managalas, Oro Province.

The host country agreement with ICRAF will be formalized this week, on the sidelines of the COP26 Summit.

MORI: PNG ADAMENT ON STOPPING LOGGING BY 2030

GLASGOW: The Papua New Guinea Special Envoy and Minister for Environment Conservation & Climate Change, Hon. Wera Mori, MP, says PNG is adamant on ceasing all logging, on a large scale, completely by 2030.

He said the collective decision by COP26 to stop deforestation entirely by 2030, is an agenda PNG has always advocated for under the leadership of Prime Minister, Hon. James Marape, MP.

“It is now a formal Government policy to ban round-logging by 2025 and ban logging entirely by 2030.

“We didn’t know that this would be the position taken up by COP26, here in Glasgow. However, this is a blessing in disguise for Papua New Guinea.

Over the years these COP summits have become exaggerated, where every year we collaborate and come up with ideologies to mitigate climate change; yet nothing practical is being done, in addressing global climate issues,” Minister Mori said.

He said COP26 must change. It must not be a forum for talking and conceptualizing. It must move forward and walk the talk.

“Papua New Guinea has decided to take action, simply because, our landmass covers one per cent of the global landmass, and is host to seven per cent of global biodiversity, in terms of marine and territorial landmass.

“For us, it has been quite a challenge, simply because, despite the fact that we host 30 per cent of the remaining primary rainforest, we have become the lungs of this planet, drawing in carbon dioxide, emitted by industrialized countries.

“That has been spelt out in our National Determined Contribution, which we submitted on 18th December 2020, having been one of the first few countries in the world to do so,” Minister Mori said.

He said PNG now has all relevant enabling legislations to basically walk along that path.

“The biggest question now is, monetization of our efforts – how do we get compensated?

“We just simply can’t ban logging in PNG, as it is a $1 billion industry, where the industrialized world expects us to continue to be the carbon filters of the earth, when they are only good for talking but not being responsible for our climate predicaments,” Minister Mori said.

He said Papua New Guinea is a member of the global community so when we decide to do that, we know what the costs are, having done our part.

“We would like to see the industrialized world or the first world who are responsible for the emission of greenhouse gases, come up with financial and economic development assistance packages.

“So, if the UN or the industrialized countries wanted us to terminate logging in our country entirely, they would have to make up for the revenue we raise from that particularly industry, annually,” Minister Mori said.

He said for other members of the Coalition for Rainforest Nations (CfRN), I will also advocate on their behalf. They too must be compensated.

“It is completely unfair that we are the victims of the climate problems we have not caused,” Minister Mori said.

He also had brief pull aside meetings with the British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, and His Royal Highness Prince Charles, at the margins of the COP26 Leaders’ Summit, in Scotland.

 

PNG DELEGATION SET FOR CLIMATE SUMMIT

GLASGOW: A high-level Government Delegation is in the biggest city of Scotland for the 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26) Leaders’ Summit.

The delegation led by the Minister for Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Wera Mori, has arrived in Glasgow and are preparing for the main event.

Following Prime Minister Hon. James Marape's decision not to attend COP26, Minister Mori, now assumes full responsibility as Prime Minister's Special Envoy to lead the

PNG delegation throughout the Glasgow Summit. Instruments of Full Powers were signed off by Foreign Minister Hon. Soroi Eor, delegating

these responsibilities to Minister Mori.

Minister Mori is expected to meet with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Australian PM Scott Morrison and CEO's of reputable global climate institutions.

Of particular importance would be his meeting with Mr Yannick Glemarec, Executive Director of the Green Climate Fund to discuss a simplified draw-down process of the

K100Million annual pledge for climate change adaptation and mitigation.

Minister Mori has been directed by PM Marape to delegate the accompanying Parliamentarian's including Vice Mininster (Treasury), Hon. Peter Isoaimo, to meaningfully

participate by attending scheduled meetings or accompany the Principal, as it would be a great international experience and exposure for them on global issues such as climate

change and what PNG and Pacific Island Forum Member Countries must do to achieve ambitious grenhouse gas reduction targets as is required by the Paris Rule Book to save

Planet earth.

The COP26 Leaders Summit is seen as the last best hope to tackle climate change.

Leaders from the all over the world are arriving or have already arrived in Glasgow for this important climate summit.