Addressing a meeting of Pacific Island leaders in Fiji on Tuesday, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said that they have the “moral authority” to tell the world that climate action needs to be reversed.
The Islands are, he said, leading by example, becoming more resilient, and investing in measures to adapt to the changing climate.
The UN chief expressed his admiration for the commitments made by the countries of the region to cut greenhouse gas emissions, and said that they set an example for the most developed economies of the world.
Mr. Guterres ended with words of defiance, and determination to address the issue of climate change, which is not only a problem for the Pacific, but the whole planet.
The UN, he said, is asking for solidarity rather than generosity, and “enlightened self-interest from all decision-makers around the world.”