New Zealand Minister for Pacific People Aupito William Sio urged for a stronger commitment from the global community, particularly from the biggest carbon emitters.

Minister Sio is attending the Our Ocean Conference held in Palau this week, he added that the conference here is an opportunity for the people of the Pacific to amplify their voices to advocate for ocean health,

He said big powerful nations like the United States to do more for the Pacific.

 “We’re keen to use whatever means possible within our within our purview to be able to help amplify the voices of the region.”

He said global leaders should “ do more, to commit more and to work with a sense of urgency to reduce their carbon emissions, to do more to protect our oceans from doing more to help the Pacific cover from the globe COVID pandemic.”

In an earlier press statement, Minister Sio said the conference is also a  chance to reconnect with many of our Pacific partners after a long period of COVID-19 disruption.” Aupito William Sio said.

“The Pacific is central to the lives, cultures, and well-being of Aotearoa and our Pacific whānau. At the ‘Our Ocean Conference’, I will encourage progress on issues such as the conservation of marine environments and sustainable use of ocean resources.”

“This year’s theme —Our Ocean, Our People, Our Prosperity — draws on Palau’s history as an ocean society and focuses on the approach to Pacific  issues of Pacific  peoples,” Aupito William Sio said. (Island Times)

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