A leadership forum held today at the Laguna Hotel will discuss on a coordinated response to Climate Change in the country.
The forum will be officiated by the Minister for Environment, Conservation and Climate Change Honourable Geoffrey Kama MP with remarks from the UNDP’s Resident Representative Mr. Dirk Wagener.
In attendance are representatives from key Climate Change stakeholders from the Government, Development Partners, Private sector, NGO and CBOs. The Government of Papua New Guinea (PNG) is committed to supporting responsible and sustainable development as outlined in the PNG Strategy for Sustainable and Responsible Development (StaRS) and further elaborated through PNG’s Third Medium Term Development Plan (MTDP-3). A key element of this strategy involves how PNG can take action to both address the country’s vulnerability to climate change and minimize the country’s Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions as part of global efforts to prevent dangerous levels of climate change with Vision 2050 setting out ambitious goals for action including a 50 per cent reduction in emissions by 2030 and carbon neutrality by 2050 with further details of proposed approaches to achieving these goals included within the PNG’s Climate Compatible Management Policy.
To support this action, PNG’s needs to have a clear short to medium term approach to climate change that cuts across sectors and not only helps to reduce the negative impacts of climate change but also seeks to support “win-win” opportunities that both reduce emissions and help PNG’s economy grow and flourish.