Climate Change and Geopolitics in the Blue Pacific SYNOPSIS
1 December 2023
Climate Change and Geopolitics in the Blue Pacific By Danielle Lynn Goh SYNOPSIS Climate change has consistently been articulated as the greatest threat to the region by the leaders of Pacific Island countries. [...] This was a dramatic reminder that sea-level rise and the increases in natural disasters are existential threats to the Pacific Islands, with atoll nations like Tuvalu, Kiribati and the Marshall Islands on the frontlines of climate change. [...] At the UN General Assembly on 21 September 2023, the presidents of Kiribati, Micronesia and Nauru sounded the alarm on the devastating impacts of climate change on their homelands and called upon major emitters of greenhouse gases to commit to the reduction of emissions by 2030. [...] The “Blue Pacific” Family Amid increased concerns over climate change, regional security, and the rise of geopolitical competition in the region, the leaders of the Pacific Island countries have established a framework to address these challenges collectively. [...] Placing Climate Change at the Top of the Agenda For Pacific Island countries, climate change remains the greatest threat to the region.