27 September—Leaders from the Pacific islands presented UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon with a declaration for “Climate Leadership” today and pledged support for the 2014 Climate Summit that the Secretary-General will host.

Pacific Islands Forum Chair and President of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Christopher Loeak, presented the Secretary-General with the Majuro Declaration for Climate Leadership, adopted earlier in the month by leaders at the Pacific Islands Forum in Majuro, Marshall Islands.  The Declaration calls on all governments to do as much as they can to halt climate change, and to take specific emissions reduction pledges.

“Forged on the frontlines of climate change’s devastating impacts,” President Loeak said, “we hope the Majuro Declaration will be a ‘game changer’ in the global fight against climate change, and quickly accelerate the transition to the low-carbon economy.  The world must now seize this moment, and follow the Pacific’s lead to ensure a safe climate future for all.”

President Loeak called the Declaration a “Pacific gift” to the Secretary-General, in support of his own efforts to accelerate and scale-up action on climate change as he begins preparations to convene a Climate Summit in September 2014.

The Secretary-General congratulated the Pacific leaders on the adoption of the Majuro Declaration on Climate Leadership. “It recognizes pressing challenges and needs.  I commend your resolve to be “Climate Leaders” and your commitment to act – and I join you in your call to others.”

“As you know, climate change is a top priority for me and for the UN system.  We need to secure a universal, ambitious and binding climate agreement in 2015, and I believe we can achieve this goal together.  I count on you, Climate Leaders, to help show the way.”

“Next September, I will host a Climate Summit to provide a platform for leaders – and I invite all of you to attend.  Together, we must all work to raise political will and action for an ambitious, global, legal agreement that sets the world on a less than 2-degree Celsius path.  I look forward to the commitments to climate action that your Governments and others will bring to this important gathering.”