Tonga’s Prime Minister Hon. Huákavameiliku Unveils “Unlocking Blue Pacific Prosperity” Initiative at World Climate Action Summit
Dubai, 2nd December 2023.
In a historic move at the Nature Plenary of the World Climate Action Summit, the Prime Minister of Tonga, Hon. Huákavameiliku, representing the Blue Pacific region, proudly introduced the transformative initiative titled “Unlocking Blue Pacific Prosperity.”
The Blue Pacific region, encompassing resilient large ocean states and small island developing states, boasts an ocean area five times larger than the USA, housing 30% of the world’s Exclusive Economic Zones and safeguarding 30% of Earth’s coral. However, it faces an existential threat from climate change, despite not being the primary contributor to the crisis.
Prime Minister Honorable Huákavameiliku delivers an address during the Unlocking Blue Pacific Prosperity
The “Unlocking Blue Pacific Prosperity” initiative addresses this urgent challenge by harmonizing nature’s wisdom, science, and traditional knowledge with innovative financial strategies. The key goals of the initiative include a commitment to 100% effective sustainable ocean management, the protection of 30% of the Blue Pacific Continent, thriving communities with robust food systems, and the development of sustainable financing mechanisms aligned with the region’s 2050 Strategy.
The Blue Pacific region, despite facing the severe impacts of climate change, has struggled to access the promised climate finance. Only 0.22% of the committed $100 billion per year reaches Pacific Small Island Developing States (SIDS) annually, perpetuating climate injustice.
“Unlocking Blue Pacific Prosperity” represents a monumental step forward for the Pacific and the planet. Tomorrow, Pacific leaders will officially launch the initiative, extending an invitation to like minded partners from the private and public sectors to join forces. This collaboration is a critical opportunity to combat climate change, uphold climate justice, and safeguard the invaluable ecosystems and people of the Blue Pacific Continent.
The “Unlocking Blue Pacific Prosperity” initiative is not just a commitment; it’s a call to action to protect the Blue Pacific and ensure a sustainable and prosperous future for generations to come.