Pacific Peoples Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga must explain why the business advisory group Pacific Business Trust is being restructured and is considering selling-off its assets, Labour’s Pacific Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio says.
“The Trust’s chairman has warned it is ‘looking at redeploying assets’.
The New Zealand Government must push for more Pacific nations other than just the Cook Islands to be given support from the UN’s Green Climate Fund, Labour’s spokesperson on Pacific Climate Change Su’a William Sio says.
“Our Government must lead the charge to ensure all Pacific Island nations can easily access readiness support so they can use the Fund to strengthen their climate change capacity.
Labour’s Pacific Island Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio and Chair of New Zealand’s Parliamentarians for Global Action says his priority will be getting the Pacific to sign up to the Arms Trade Treaty after being appointed by the PGA as a Programme Co-Convenor for Peace and Democracy.
“I’m honoured with my new appointment and I will be looking for opportunities to work closely with MPs for the Pacific Island nations and their parliaments to promote practical ways to promote peace, democracy and the rule of law in our region.
The Government needs to tell us the truth regarding the funding of the Pasifika Education Centre, says Pacific Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio.
“Is it going to reinstate the $700,000 it cut earlier this year or not? I know it would be embarrassing for Tertiary Minister Steven Joyce and Pacific Islands Affairs Minister Peseta Sam Lotu Iiga to admit to a u-turn because of pressure by Labour and the Pacific community to continue funding, but it is the right thing to do.
Limiting global temperatures to 1.5 degrees is a welcome step towards ensuring the survival of the Pasifika’s most vulnerable nations, says Labour’s Pacific Climate Change Issues spokesperson Su’a William Sio.
“Congratulations to the Pasifika leaders who lobbied hard and achieved ambitious goals. It’s great to hear the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon say that the most vulnerable nations have been heard.
“Our Pasifika neighbours face a much healthier future now that the world is prepared to make positive changes and I look forward to leading Labour’s Pasifika caucus in championing positive climate changes.