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Tuvalu PM disappointed with Trump's stance on climate change

Tuvalu's Prime Minister Enele Sopoaga says he’s disappointed with US President Donald Trump’s intention to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement.

Tuvalu Prime Minister Enele Sopoaga (far right). Photo/ PRN. 

The agreement within the United Nations Framework Convention of Climate Change (UNFCCC), deals with the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, adaptation and finance to start in 2020.

At the 21st conference of the UNFCCC in Paris in December 2015, the agreement was adopted by representatives of the 196 parties. All but one UNFCCC member signed the agreement, and 160 ratified it.

Speaking at the 48th Pacific Island Leaders Forum in Samoa this week, Sopoaga says Trump's stance on climate change is a big blow to many of the countries and world leaders that have been working on the issue of climate change.

“The agreement is already in force but it is so unfortunate that Donald, this new guy, is saying this type of thing because it's not helpful." 

"It just shows that we need to work more on multilateral relations, so we continue to work in multilateral co-operation, trust and have respect for each other," says Sopoaga. 

Regarding relations with New Zealand, the Tuvalu Prime Minister says there are some concerns about the mitigation levels of targets.

"Let's face it, we need to work in partnership with New Zealand and hopefully they can do more. They have the capacity to do more.”

"Whatever party comes out of the election whether it is Labour or National, I'm sure they will pursue the same policies for the betterment of their people and the Pacific," says Sopoaga.

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