At last week’s Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in London, UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson announced a Wilton Park Forum on the impacts of climate change in the Pacific. The event will be held in December 2018, and will be co-hosted with the government of New Zealand.
This partnership with New Zealand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade will be designed in close collaboration with Pacific governments, with the aim of providing a reflective space to plan long-term responses to the climate crisis.
During the meeting with New Zealand’s Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters, Johnson stated
“This forum will further highlight Pacific challenges and priorities, and show how the Pacific can be an early example for how to develop global responses to climate change.”
The Wilton Park forum will serve as an opportunity to put an international spotlight on Pacific challenges and to develop global responses for effective climate action in the region. Adapting to the effects of a changing climate has become a necessity for many Pacific Islanders in recent years, who are uniquely impacted uniquely by rising sea levels.
New Zealand welcomed renewed UK engagement in the Pacific;
“Secretary Johnson and I discussed the United Kingdom’s plans to scale up its engagement in the Pacific. I made it clear that New Zealand welcomes these plans and offered practical support for the UK’s efforts”.