Prime Minister Scott Morrison will face pressure from Pacific Island countries to take stronger action on climate change at a meeting of the region’s judi online leaders today.
The virtual meeting, initiated by Tuvalu, comes on the eve of a United Nations-led summit aimed at getting all countries to commit to reaching net-zero emissions by 2050.
Pacific nations want Australia to cut its emissions further, as well as help them advocate for stronger action on climate change globally.
But Mr Morrison has indicated he will not accede to pressure, either from Pacific countries or the international community.
“Australia’s climate and energy policy will be set here in Australia, in Australia’s national interest, not to get a speaking slot at some international summit,” he said in Parliament on Thursday.
The UN’s Climate Ambition Summit on Saturday aims to encourage climate action by giving speaking slots to leaders who make significant new contributions to emissions reduction.