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Pacific Island Nations Consider World’s First International Treaty Ban On Fossil Fuels

Leaders of Pacific Island nations are considering the world’s first ever international treaty ban on fossil fuels, following their summit held in the Solomon Islands.

According to the Guardian, leaders of the 14 nations that make up the Pacific Islands Development Forum agreed to consider a proposed Pacific climate treaty which would result in binding renewable energy targets and bans on new or the expansion of coal mines.

The news comes following the Pacific Islands Development Forum Leaders’ Summit held on July 12 and 13 in the Solomon Islands.

Mahendra Kumar, climate change advisor to PIDF, told the Guardian that the proposed treaty had been well received by the national leaders:

“They seemed convinced that this is an avenue where the Pacific could again show or build on the moral and political leadership that they’ve shown earlier in their efforts to tackle climate change,” he said.

The treaty was the brainchild of the Pacific Island Climate Action Network (PICAN), which presented the Pacific Climate Treaty to the leaders as a way for the Pacific region to implement the goals of the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement. The Pacific Islands Development Forum had failed to convince Australia and New Zealand to commit to 1.5 degree warming limits in the lead-up to the Paris climate talks in December of 2015, with both countries traditionally and spectacularly resistant to strict climate goals.

According to PICAN, the Pacific Island leaders agreed to “note the content of the draft Pacific Climate Treaty and approve that further consultations be undertaken, with a report back at the 5th PIDF Leaders Summit next year” for possible adoption.

 
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