Press Release

APEC Climate Symposium 2018 aims to tackle climate issues: Minister Pundari

21/08/2018

Minister responsible for Environment, Conservation and Climate Change John Pundari this morning officially opened the APEC Climate Symposium on Overcoming the Challenges of an Uncertain Future with Enhanced Climate Information Services saying the symposium aims to tackle climate issues that affects the APEC economies in the region.

PNG Environment and Climate Change Minister, John Pundari speaking during the opening of the APEC Climate Symposium in Port Moresby.

Minister responsible for Environment, Conservation and Climate Change John Pundari this morning officially opened the APEC Climate Symposium on Overcoming the Challenges of an Uncertain Future with Enhanced Climate Information Services saying the symposium aims to tackle climate issues that affects the APEC economies in the region.

“APEC aims to tackle climate change to various considered efforts such as fostering renewable resources, collaborating on hosting forest conservations, reducing energy consumption, promoting trade in environmental goods and helping farming and fishing communities which will enable them to adapt to changing weather patterns”, said Minister Pundari.

He said with such objectives, APEC Climate Symposium aims to tackle climate issues through discussions on cutting edge science, sharing of best practices and policy advancements by bringing together policy makers, practitioners and scientists from various sectors in each economies.

“On the road to progress, all responsible agencies must cooperate to ensure businesses that contributes to climate change are removed or otherwise, we will continue to pay high prices as we know the climate change can cause extreme weather conditions, damaged and deplete natural resources and affects livelihood and food security and this will impact both individuals and economies,” he said.

Minister Pundari further clarified that developing economies experienced the most adverse of effects and in addition, climate change is believed to contribute to the increasing number of natural disasters and about 70% of which occur in the Asia Pacific Region, thus it is vital that APEC economies take action to address the impact of climate change.

“In order to be successful, adaptation strategies need to make use of the best available climate information and that includes assessment of recent climate trends and projected future climate change that maybe experienced in the years to come,” said Minister Pundari. He said the climate information needed by local level communities and government includes climate variables such as temperatures and rainfall to be both useful and use of information needed on both needs to be timely, high quality, relevant and accessible.

The Minister added that policy outcome of the meeting will support work on APEC Policy partnership on Science, Technology, and Innovation and the APEC Emergency Preparedness Working Group and most importantly the priority of Emergency Preparedness Working Group in 2018 on advancing the multi asset early warning system.

He thanked the APEC Climate Centre and lead agencies in PNG for the tireless effort in hosting the very important meeting.

The meeting commenced this morning and will conclude on August 23.