August 14th, 2019 – The Department of Climate Change in cooperation with United States Agency for International Development (USAID) called into session its third installment of the National Climate Change Donor Roundtable, discussing Climate Change Initiatives in Tonga and its linkages to national, regional and international policy instruments as well as highlighting the first year of implementation of JNAP 2018-2028 (JNAP 2).
On the eve of the 50th Pacific Islands Forum Meeting taking place in Tuvalu this week, the Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland recognises the existential threat which climate change poses to Pacific Islanders. She calls on governments across the globe to urgently meet the terms of the Paris climate change agreement, if we are to save our Pacific Islands, as the rising sea levels could literally engulf thousands of islands in the region by 2100.
The National Climate Change Awareness Week 2019 commenced on Sunday 11 August 2019 with a Church service at Siaátoutai Theological College.
Mr. Paula Ma’u CEO for MEIDECC, Director of Climate Change Ms. Luísa Tuíáfitu Malolo, including Mr. Sione Moala CEO for Tourism and his wife Mrs. Lucy Moala Acting CEO for Education, MEIDECC staff, representatives from TNYC, non-government groups, the private sector and District officers were present to mark this important occasion.
The Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus visited the coastal barrier in ‘Ahau to learn and experience how the community deals with health threats posed by climate change this afternoon.
He said that climate change is a global challenge.
“People think it is not their problem. No! It’s the problem of the whole world, and that’s how others should realize it, it’s not a problem of others but a problem of us all.
The Tonga Meteorological Department recognizes the need for more specialized and quality meteorological information at a time where weather and climate related hazards are at a record high.
And to this end the department has proposed a structural reform to help them meet the service demands.
The Morrison government’s Pacific “Step Up” will stumble
before it starts unless global warming is taken seriously.
If only a minister of the Morrison government would be as forthright in identifying climate change as a massive destabilising force in Australia’s region as the Chief of the Defence Force Angus Campbell has been.
Under the Paris Agreement that Tonga ratified on the 21st of September 2016, countries are invited to produce a national LT-LEDS as a roadmap for decarbonisation over the long-term, and submit it to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat before 2020.
The Green Climate Fund Tonga Readiness & Preparatory Support Programme (GCF-RPSP) under the Department of Climate Change, MEIDECC conducted a consultation with local district officers and town officers of ‘Eua as part of the National Climate Change Awareness Week on the 31st July 2019 at the Ekklesia Hall at ‘Ohonua.
The Department of Climate Change National Awareness Program in ‘Eua focused on delivering awareness activities at selected local communities and schools from 29th to 30th of July 2019.
Staff from the Department of Climate Change visited two high schools and four primary schools which includes ‘Eua High School, Hofangahau College, and ‘Eua Middle School of the Latter Day Saints, GPS ‘Angaha, GPS Tufuvai, GPS‘ Ohonua, GPS Ha’atu ’a and chosen communities including ‘Ohonua, Houma, Petani and Mu’a.
The Green Climate Fund Tonga Readiness & Preparatory Support Programme (GCF-PRPS) under the Department of Climate Change, MEIDECC conducted a consultation meeting with local district and town officers of Ha’apai as part of the National Climate Change Awareness Week on the 25th July 2019 at Maamafo’ou Hall.