The discussions will centre on the importance of interconnecting climate change and biodiversity for a better sustainable and resilient Pacific, given the importance of biodiversity and natural resources for the region’s livelihood, economic development and social wellbeing.
High on the agenda is the common goal of the Pacific region calling for the global community to adopt higher ambitions for greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions.
The Cook Islands will look to convey that the most significant action that can be taken is for developed countries to honour their respective commitments under the Paris Agreement and to ensure there is recognition that measures to address the existential threat posed by climate change on the Pacific should not disproportionately impact the social and economic livelihoods of the region.
The Cook Islands aims to build on the position taken at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) subsidiary meeting held last month where an acceptable strategy to reducing greenhouse gas emissions was successfully endorsed.
The Cook Islands also wants to ensure that the climate change architecture such as financing mechanisms are easily accessible, and that processes and procedures under the UNFCCC cater better for the special circumstances of small island developing states.
President Macron is in the Pacific, having just finished talks with Australia earlier this week.
“The Cook Islands, together with other Pacific delegations, looks forward to engaging with France, who is considered an important development partner and ally for climate change and security measures,” a ministry of foreign affairs and immigration press release said.
The Cook Islands is represented at the high level meeting by Office of the Prime Minister Chief of Staff Bredina Drollet and director of international affairs, Amelia Fukofuka.