10 Dec 2010

Pacific leaders raise climate plight at Cancun talks

12:01 pm on 10 December 2010

Pacific leaders have told international media at the United Nations conference in Mexico that the region is already suffering from the impacts of climate change and its call for action is urgent and genuine.

Leaders and representatives from Kiribati, Tuvalu, Nauru, Federated States of Micronesia and Samoa addressed the media conference in Cancun.

Tuvalu's deputy prime minister Enele Sopoaga led the conference and outlined the Pacific's hopes for the talks

"Actions for mitigation, actions on adaptation, need for direct easy access to funding assistance and also need for clear agreements on mechanisms as a way forward on the Kyoto protocol and on the long term comprehensive agreement to address climate change."

Enele Sopoaga says he was encouraged to see so many people attending the media conference.

Negotiators in Cancun have voiced hope at coming to an agreement on establishing a global climate fund, aid to stop deforestation and verification of countries' climate pledges.