NCD Governor Hon Powes Parkop today presented at the 2019 United Nations (UN) Climate Summit in New York.
In beginning his address, Governor Parkop said “It is absolutely critical that we all work together at all levels to address the common challenge facing us globally.”
“We, in Papua New Guinea are not only ready but we can play a major role in global effort to mitigate and reserve the effect of climatic change” he added.
In brief, Parkop addressed the following;
- Tidal waters rising at double the global average – directly affecting PNG
- PNG’s marine biological diversity being affected as a result
- PNG has the third largest intact remaining tropical forest in the world, and with 10 per cent of the world’s biodiversity, is highly vulnerable.
Governor Parkop spoke about urbanisation in Port Moresby, and highlighted efforts his city is taking on to tackle climate change, such as
- A commitment to plant and nurture one million trees a year – one tree for each person.
- Re-planting our mangroves
- Cleaning the plastics and pollution from our rivers and tidal waters.
- Empowering the youth
- As Governor, initiating regular Sunday walks Every Sunday to encourage the young people to embrace a healthy lifestyle.
Parkop concluded by saying “I commend the United Nations for its extraordinary efforts to convene the globe in a common effort to save our planet. I stand beside the Secretary General and make my commitment, as a leader, as a citizen, as a human being, to dramatically bring about the changes that need to happen to protect our city, our country and hopefully, thereby, contribute to protecting our planet.”