It has been an interesting and intense month for the Pacific meteorological services, with a series of meetings and training workshops culminating in the 4th Pacific Meteorological Council (PMC) and 2nd Pacific Ministerial Meeting on Meteorology. These were held in Honiara,
Solomon Islands, and saw increased interest and participation from Members, partners and international organisations. The Honiara Ministerial Statement is also an important development in terms of policy direction and needs in the region.
The PMC received the sad news of the passing of H.E. Mattlan Zackhras of Marshall Islands, and paid tribute to his memory. We were therefore even further grieved by the passing of former Minister and Ambassador for Climate Change Hon. Tony deBrum. The region has lost two giants of climate change diplomacy and action in the words of the President of Marshall Islands.
As we work towards COP 23 there are many opportunities and challenges ahead. Starting with the Leaders meeting and the SPREP meeting, both to be held in Apia, there will be further guidance on priorities coming forward. It is important that we take these opportunities to gather as much information on regional priorities and needs from these high level events, and translate this into actions at the UNFCCC negotiations.
Climate Change Division