NEW YORK – Governor Powes Parkop will today address a United Nations climate action summit which is seeking to mobilise collaboration and investment to accelerate and support climate action to combat global climate change.
The boss of Papua New Guinea's capital will share his experience from Port Moresby and emphasise the serious problems issues that PNG and small island developing nations in the Pacific and elsewhere face with climate change.
Cooperation among all levels of government is imperative to advance policy, technology, knowledge and capacity at the scale and speed necessary to control this existential threat to humanity.
The UN is bringing mayors, governors and local leaders together with ministers and national government representatives,
Governor Parkop will join world leaders and share his vision in a moderated panel discussion.
He will also offer his government’s support for a cooperative initiative on building the climate resilience of the urban poor.
“In Port Moresby, the urban poor are disproportionately harmed by natural disasters,” Governor Parkop said, identifying floods and poor access to basic services as the main challenges.
He said he hopes to bring attention to his Million Trees campaign in Port Moresby and to share with the world what Port Moresby is doing by planting trees, creating green spaces and cleaning plastics from streets and waterways.
“As an elected member of parliament and as the Governor of our capital city, I take the issue of climate change most seriously,” he said.
“What we do today will be harvested by our next generation. They shouldn’t be beneficiaries of our lack of action and we are responsible not only for today but also for the future.
“Our nation is an important voice at the table. While the forests of the Amazon burn, so too are our forests threatened.”
Governor Parkop said he will use his presence at the UN to “share our challenges and the actions we are taking to mitigate them, and to meet and learn from other leaders.”
He said he will “bring home these learnings to inspire the governors of other districts in our country to join me and follow suit.”
Sources: Bloomberg, National Broadcasting Commission