Hon. Mua held bilateral discussions with the Assistant Minister of Climate Change and Energy of Australia today at the margins of the COP27 High Level segment. During the bilateral, both Ministers registered that COP27 should focus on implementation of commitments made in Glasgow and under the Paris Agreement.
Both ministers also highlighted the bilateral partnership has manifested assistance across many sectors. In the area of climate change and responses, Solomon Islands has benefitted from assistance in the Integrated Disaster Risk Management, support in both infrastructure and capacity development of Solomon Islands Meteorology, and National Disaster Management programmes. In addition, both ministers discussed opportunities for further partnerships, particularly in Climate Science and research to enhance the capacity of Weather and Ocean observatory. Furthermore, Minister highlighted Solomon Islands interest to access support under Australia’s Indo-Pacific Carbon Offset Scheme, to develop and strengthen national regulatory systems that would support carbon trading This is in line with Solomon Islands plans to effectively participate in carbon markets under REDD+.
Senator McAlister reiterated Australia’s intent to host COP31. She added Australia will take a collaborative approach and will work closely with Pacific Island countries to deliver a Pacific COP. Minister Mua, reaffirmed Solomon Islands support for Australia’s bid and said a Pacific COP must include a prominent feature of Ocean under UNFCCC, and firm commitments on Loss and Damage.