That was great!

Iliesa Tora

Iliesa receiving his DW Akademie certificate

Iliesa Tora with Joachim Schemel (Federal Foreign Office)

My Journey to the COP23 started six months ago when applications for the media fellowship being offered by the United Nations Climate Change (UNFCCC), the German Federal Foreign Office, COP23 Secretariat and DW Akademie was opened to journalists in the Pacific.
We were asked to enter our stories on climate change into the competition, which offered ten Pacific journalists the opportunity for a trip to the COP23 and a workshop with the DW Akademie here in Bonn, Germany. Read more →

SOLOMON ISLANDS JOIN FORCES TO ENSURE MORE CLIMATE ACTION

Jared Koli

Solomon Islands delegation to COP23 in Bonn, Germany

The Solomon Islands government is seeking more global cooperation to ensure accelerate more action is done on the climate change front. Chief negotiator for Solomon Islands in the global discussions at COP23, and High Commissioner to Australia Collin Beck, said as Fiji took the Presidency of COP23, Solomon Islands also take global responsibility.

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Climate risk insurance for Pacific but still no Loss and Damage

Lani Wendt Young

Flooding at Taumeasina, Samoa earlier in 2017

15 November, 2017. Bonn, Germany – Millions more vulnerable people will have access to climate risk insurance as a global financial protection program is boosted with greater funding and additional partners. Hailed by the United Nations Climate Conference as a ‘shining example’ that offers ‘hope and support for the future’, critics say it falls short of what is needed and what was promised in the Paris Agreement.

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Grappling with climate financing at COP23

Ofani Eremae

Colin Beck is the country’s lead negotiator at COP23

WILL Solomon Islanders affected by sea level rise ever get the funding they so desperately need to relocate to higher grounds? That’s the question Solomon Islands’ officials attending the international climate change negotiation in the German city of Bonn are grappling with as the summit entered its second and final week.

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Round Table Discussion at COP 23 places emphasis on SDG 2

Florence Jonduo

Round table discussions are taking place at the COP 23 placing emphasis on the Sustainable Development Goal 2 which is Zero Hunger. Climate change has contributed to the drastic impacts on agriculture and food security in least developed countries and Small Island Developing States (SIDS). World leaders and experts who took part in the round table discussions emphasized that global food security can only be achieved through a coordinated policy approach to hunger, poverty and climate change. Read more →

Good news for Tokelau – ‘a monumental achievement’

Lani Wendt Young

Tokelauan climate warrior Litia Maiava

Tokelauan climate warrior Litia Maiava

In a move that is of great significance for the people of Tokelau, the New Zealand government has brought the low-lying atoll state into the Paris Climate Change Agreement.

The formal declaration to the United Nations to extend the territorial application of both the UNFCCC and Paris Agreement to Tokelau was requested by the Government of Tokelau.

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Solar energy projects should be focus of overseas visits

Iliesa Tora

BONN, Germany – November 11: 8.47pm: Today was a long day for us.

Touring the solar-energy powered bakery

Touring the solar-energy powered bakery

Our media team from the Pacific, here as part of the Deutsche Welle/UN Climate Change program at the COP23, visited a number of places today.

Three of those places were operational solar-power/energy projects that would definitely be eye-openers for Pacific leaders who are here at the biggest climate change gathering.

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The journey of a warrior – Anote Tong

Lani Wendt Young

11 November, 2017. Germany/Kiribati – What’s required to be a climate warrior who advocates for the Pacific? Youth warriors in this fight will speak of ‘standing on the shoulders of giants’. They pay tribute to the pioneers who first started calling for the world to accept that climate change is a human-caused phenomenon, and the Pacific was (and still is) bearing the brunt of it’s effects.

Anote Tong, the former President of Kiribati, is that ‘giant amongst giants’ in the Pacific. Earlier this week, he spoke at the United Nations Climate Conference about his journey. Read more →

Talking about climate change in this unique workshop for journalists from the pacific islands revealed many topics in the past week, one of the most crucial topics to be the perspective on climate change issues. How do journalists from the pacific islands report about COP? What is their viewpoint on what’s been discussed? Journalists working for German media wanted to know more about that, took the chance and asked their colleagues from the Pacific…View their reports:

Local youth join fight for climate action at COP23

Jared Koli

A young Solomon Islands female was among other youths from around the world that join voices to fight for climate action at the global climate change conference (COP23) in Bonn, Germany.

Iulah Pitamama (center) with colleagues Samantha and Brodrick

Iulah Pitamama (center) with colleagues Samantha and Brodrick

Iulah Pitamama, a Fisheries Officer in Taro, Choiseul province was among five other youths from the pacific islands that joined other youths from around the globe who have shared the devastating affects of climate change on their livelihood and villages, their resilience and what they expect from political decision makers. Read more →

DW – truly made for minds

Georgina Kekea

Gina with her Boss in the year 2000

Gina with her Boss in the year 2000

Being in the broadcast industry for a good half of my lifetime, making a good story or bringing out issues through the use of audio has always been my passion. Ever since I started work at SIBC, my strong areas of production were specifically in radio drama, magazine, documentary and later on in the years, news packages. Read more →

It is not an option to be silent

Florence Jonduo

I left my homeland Papua New Guinea to travel to Bonn, Germany to be part of a conference that is not only a venue of discussion on Climate Change but a crucial time for the decisions made here, determines the survival of my people back home as well as other sister Pacific Island nations.

I was asked if people back home are being active in discussions about the impacts of climate change or are they silent on the matter.

Let me ask you a question.

If your life depended on something, would you stand at the sidelines watching in silence as your life and your future slip away from you? Read more →