SOUTH PACIFIC FORUM URGES U.S.

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PACIFIC ISLANDS FORUM SECRETARIAT Suva, Fiji Islands

PRESS STATEMENT June 6, 2002

TO SUPPORT KYOTO PROTOCOL

The Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, Mr. Noel Levi, CBE, has welcomed the ratification of the Kyoto Protocol by Japan and the European Union, saying they reflected growing international concern over the effects of climate change.

"Pacific Islands Forum Leaders, at their meeting in Nauru last August, reaffirmed the importance of early entry into force of the Kyoto Protocol, preferably by 2002," Mr. Levi said.

Mr. Levi said Forum Leaders noted the concerns expressed by most members over the United States' intention not to ratify the Kyoto Protocol. Forum Leaders urged the United States to join hands with the majority of the international community in recognition of the Kyoto Protocol.

Leaders also recognized and endorsed the deep concern in the region about climate change and the need to seek international understanding of the unique circumstances of Pacific Island Countries, especially low lying islands.

The Kyoto Protocol requires industrialized countries to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by 8% of the 1990 levels between 2008 and 2012. It needs to be ratified by nations that together account for 55% of global greenhouse gas emissions before it takes effect.

Currently, the agreement is short of the required 55% target although further ratifications are expected to reach that goal.

For additional information, contact: Ulafala Aiavao at UlafalaA@forumsec.org.fj 

Ulafala Aiavao Media Adviser Forum Secretariat Private Bag Suva, Fiji

Tel: (679) 3220 220 Mob: (679) 9998 674 Fax: (679) 3305 554 Email: UlafalaA@forumsec.org.fj  Web: www.forumsec.org.fj  Mirror site: http://chacmool.sdnp.undp.org/pacific/forumsec/default1.htm 

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