Australia’s Pacific Minister to meet island leaders to discuss co-hosting a COP summit


Around 70 world leaders, including around half of the wealthiest G20 nations, are expected to attend and speak at the leaders’ summit, including new Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and new far-right Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni .

Negotiations on new climate measures will take place during the second week, in the presence of the Minister of Climate Change and Energy, Chris Bowen.

Former Kirbati speaker Anote Tong in the Australian parliament in 2018.Credit:Alex Ellinghausen

Last week, the former president of Kiribati, Anote Tong, a member of the influential group Pacific Elders’ Voice, told the Herald and age he believed that Australia’s bid to host a COP would have been strengthened by the presence of Albanese.

But Conroy said he believed people understood that ‘the prime minister can’t be everywhere at once’.

The talks in Egypt are taking place against a backdrop of competing global crises, including the war in Ukraine, which is exacerbating food shortages in Africa, caused by drought and accelerated by climate change.

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After visiting Somalia and Kenya, where 1.5 million people have been displaced by drought and food shortages, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi said last month that he was clear that the people least responsible for global warming were paying the most for it.

“It’s tragic and it’s shameful, and the world shouldn’t look the other way,” he said.

Developing countries in a United Nations coalition known as the G77, plus China, should demand that wealthier countries increase funding for climate change mitigation and adaptation, and create a mechanism to pay for the resulting losses and damages.

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