Polynesian Leaders To Speak As One On Climate Change

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Polynesia Against Climate Threat declaration being finalized

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, July 16, 2015) – The final touches are being put on the Polynesia Against Climate Threat declaration ahead of its signing tomorrow.

The Polynesian Leaders Group, made up of eight countries, have met today in Tahiti to form an agreement on their position on climate change.

This comes ahead of a major United Nations climate change conference in Paris at the end of the year.

The declaration will be revealed tomorrow and is aimed at stressing the vulnerability of Polynesian countries to the international community.

The French Polynesian government's Adviser for Pacific Affairs, Manuel Terai, says the leaders wanted a few things added.

Mr Toke Talagi the chairman, who is the Premier of Niue, felt that it was important that the advisors could work and improve the wording and the different paragraphs of the declaration so we have something totally complete for tomorrow, for the signature. So that is really the final touch.

Manuel Terai says the day was a success with all the leaders speaking passionately.

The president of French Polynesia, Edouard Fritch, says he hopes the declaration will result in an agreement at the conference in Paris.

Mr Fritch says the Pacific will be first to pay the price for the international community's inconsistencies and says the stakes are high for getting an agreement.

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