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Tonga delegation attend ‘Loss and Damage’ and ‘Ocean Pathway’ launch

Head of Tonga's delegation Mr Paula Ma'u with Ambassador Fekita Utoikamanu and members at the Fiji Pavilion before the 'Loss and Damage' side event. Photo: NUKU'ALOFA TIMES

BONN, Germany – November 16: 11.50pm (Nuku’alofa Times): The Tonga delegation here at the COP23 today attended two important side events – the presentation on ‘Loss and Damage’ and the launch of the ‘Ocean Pathway’.

Both are important in the Pacific’s fight against the effects of Climate Change.

While there has been disappointment with the slow movement on ‘Loss and Damage’ there is still some hope that the issue will be discussed with some intensity at next year’s COP in Poland.

Ms Fekita Utoikamanu speaking at the 'Loss and Damage' side event here at the COP23 today. Photo: NUKU'ALOFA TIMES

Ms Fekita Utoikamanu speaking at the ‘Loss and Damage’ side event here at the COP23 today. Photo: NUKU’ALOFA TIMES

Tonga’s Ambassador to the United Nations Mrs Fekita Utoikamanu told the ‘Loss and ‘Damage’ event that the issue is one of great importance to the Pacific states.

She said there is still hope that despite the slowness in decision making on the issue the Pacific islands still have hope that something can be decided constructively.

Head of delegation Mr Paula Ma’u said the issue will take some time.

Nuku’alofa Times has confirmed that Australia is among those who have opposed the issue being talked about with some seriousness here.

United Nations Climate Change (UNFCCC) spokesman Nick Nuttel said the issue is three fold and will take some time for it to be finalised.

The Tonga delegation with Mr Kosi Latu, Director General of SPREP here at the COP23 today. Photo: NUKU'ALOFA TIMES

The Tonga delegation with Mr Kosi Latu, Director General of SPREP  (2nd from right) here at the COP23 today. Photo: NUKU’ALOFA TIMES

Mr Nuttel told the Pacific journalists covering the COP23 that countries must first have adaptation plans, which is the first step.

They then must have climate insurance to cover those adaptation plans.

Loss and Damage was the third step, covering those countries who are not able to fend for themselves.

Meanwhile, the Ocean Pathway was also launched today.

This has been supported by Norway and other funders and stakeholders.

Fiji presented the Pacific’s paper on that, with Attorney General and Fiji’s Climate Change Minister Aiyaz Khaiyum speaking on behalf of the island states.

Tonga’s delegation also attended the event.

 






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