Climate change in the Pacific
Small island developing states (SIDS) are among the most vulnerable to our changing climate. People living in the western tropical Pacific SIDS are already experiencing higher temperatures, shifts in rainfall patterns, rising sea levels and changes in the frequency and intensity of extreme climate events. Further changes on top of an existing, naturally variable climate are expected long into the future because of global warming.
22 May 2018, Bangkok, Thailand - The impact of climate change reaches all aspects of human life in the Pacific. Policymakers must select the priority adaptation actions from many options. UNDP and UN Environment are empowering effective climate change decision-making in the Pacific, to enhance resilience.
15 May 2018, Port Vila, Vanuatu - It's a Pacific island nation that has beaten the global community across the finish line with Vanuatu officially being the first nation in the world to legally ban the use of plastic straws. The passing of legislation in February will see the end of single use plastic bags, polystyrene takeaway boxes and straws by 1 July, 2018.
As the planet mobilises towards addressing the challenge of a plastic ocean, the island of Vanuatu is mobilising to ensure a plastic bag, straw and polystyrene takeaway box free nation.
The Pacific islands region is on track to having its own Pacific Climate Change Centre to be based in Samoa at the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP). This month will see the ground breaking ceremony take place at SPREP Headquarters in Vailima.
SPREP's Environmental Monitoring and Governance Programme continued to provide policy and technical support to Niue with its final consultations on the State of Environment (SoE) Report and National Environmental Management Strategy (NEMS) from the 26-29 March 2018.