13 Aug 2013

Fiji blames developed countries for Pacific's climate change woes

3:07 pm on 13 August 2013

Fiji's prime minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, has accused foreign governments of putting their economic interests ahead of the survival of the Pacific threatened by climate change.

Speaking at Fiji's Second National Climate Change Summit, Commodore Bainimarama echoed the Pacific Conference of Churches call for action, not words.

He says there is a lack of political will among developed nations to address the level of greenhouse gas emissions created by large industries.

He says climate change must be part of the global agenda and Pacific leaders needed to work together to force the international community to address the issue.

The Fiji leader says the situation in Tuvalu and Kiribati is critical.

In Fiji, he says at least 34 villages will need to be relocated in the next five years at a cost of 18 million US dollars.