11 Dec 2014

Heartfelt plea from Tuvalu at climate conference

3:56 pm on 11 December 2014

Tuvalu's prime minister has told the United Nations Climate Convention in Peru there must be a significant commitment to adaptation and mitigation in any agreement reached.

Enele Sopoaga

Enele Sopoaga Photo: supplied

Enele Sopoaga says he is kept awake at night worrying about the impact of climate change on his low lying country.

"I carry a huge burden and responsibility that there will be a future for Tuvalu. No national leader in the history of humanity has ever faced this question: Will we survive? Or will we disappear under the sea? If we save Tuvalu, we save the world."

Mr Sopoaga says Tuvalu cannot suffer the frustration and humiliation of being asked to accept a half-hearted response to a critical global crisis.

He says the new protocol must include effective mitigation targets for all countries and deliver real outcomes on adaptation and loss and damage.

Mr Sopoaga says it must deliver the necessary finance to transform the threatened countries.

And he says it must deliver the technology and the capacity skills to ensure everyone can respond to climate change.

The new agreement must be agreed upon by the end of next year in Paris.