Pacific Ocean, Pacific Climate Conference begins

21 February 2018, Wellington, New Zealand - The second Pacific Climate Change Conference opened today in Wellington, New Zealand, on the heels of Tropical Cyclone Gita. "Pacific Ocean, Pacific Climate" brings together close to 400 voices spanning a wide range of backgrounds from the scientific to the arts community, to talk on all things climate change.

Although the Pacific islands are on the frontline of climate change experiencing the impacts with threats to food security and livelihoods, coastal erosion and relocation of whole communities amongst others, the Pacific islands are also taking steps to both reduce their greenhouse gases and adapt to these impacts.

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Hon James Shaw

"New Zealand can and must show leadership in climate change," stated the Minister for Climate Change Issues of New Zealand, Hon. James Shaw during the opening ceremony today.

"For the Pacific islands, climate change carries the threat of being displaced from their homes and their homelands...we must do everything we can to make sure that they are able to stay in their homes and their homelands."

Hosted in partnership by the Victoria University of Wellington (VUW) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), the conference spans three days allowing for a range of different presentations to be delivered under different themes.
 
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Mr Kosi Latu

"SPREP is pleased to be a partner of this event which brings our Pacific voices to be heard here at a platform which highlights our Pacific Ocean, Pacific Climate challenges and how we are rising to meet these," said Mr Kosi Latu, Director General of SPREP.

"All we can do to share our experiences, discuss the science, involve our faith based communities, our NGO's, our Pacific people, in having this Pacific conversation can help us all, as climate change is not just a Pacific problem, it's a global one."

The Pacific Ocean, Pacific Climate conference is a three day event of numerous presentations under different themes such as modelling of impacts, politics of climate change, sea level and oceanic change as well as ecosystems and resources, amongst others.

Wellington, as home of the conference, is a fitting host for the three days of exchanging information, as was stated at the opening by the Wellington Mayor Justin Lester.

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Mayor Justin Lester

"It is apt that Wellington is the host of the climate change conference. Climate change is the most pressing issue of my generation and Wellington is addressing this. It is committed to becoming a zero carbon capital," said Mayor Lester.

Ending on Friday, the Pacific Ocean, Pacific Conference is the second Pacific Climate Change Conference held at Te Papa Museum from 21 to 23 February, 2018. Hosted by Victoria University of Wellington in partnership with the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), the parallel sessions consist of a range of presentations held under different themes from different speakers. Each day starts with two keynote addresses as well as another two keynote addresses after lunch.

For more information please visit: http://www.confer.co.nz/pcc2018/
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