BY ALEX DADAMU
Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has once again reminded World Leaders at the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) today 27th September of the need to address the ongoing challenges brought about by Climate Change.
Prime Minister Sogavare in his speech which was pre-recorded and delivered virtually at the 75th UN General Assembly today, reminded World Leaders stating that in the collective efforts made to combat coronavirus, “we must not lose sight on the need to address the ongoing challenges pose by Climate Change”.
“I reiterated the call for more action by countries with the greater means of implementation to reduce greenhouse gas emission,” Sogavare appealed to world leaders.
Prime Minister Sogavare also made an appealed on all states to set ambitious nationally determined contributions.
“Let us adhere to what signs are telling us and strive to maintain global temperatures below 1.5 Degrees Celsius,” he said.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Sogavare in presenting Solomon Islands case as being greatly affected by Climate Change stated that while dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic of global proportion, Solomon Islands continues to battle with the incremental effects of Climate Change.
“While dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic of global proportion, Solomon Islands continues to battle with the incremental effects of Climate Change and the negative impacts that it has on the livelihood, security and wellbeing of Solomon Islanders.
The Prime Minister in the meantime informed world leaders of the country’s commitment to reducing carbon footprint and double on our ‘nationally determined contributions’ through the country’s ongoing work on the ‘Tina Hydro Power Project’.
“This 15 watt Hydro Power Project will reduce our reliance on fossil fuel by 70%. Despite the challenges posed by COVID-19, our efforts to have the project commissioned by 2024 remains on track and we continue to call on our development partners to remain with us on this trajectory,” Prime Minister Sogavare said.
For the first time in UN’s history, world leaders will not be travelling to New York, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the Leaders have been requested to send their pre-recorded video of their speeches which will be then broadcasted as ‘Live’ at the 75th UN General Assembly.