Pacific Peoples Minister helps to open climate change centre in Samoa

Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio helped open the Pacific Climate change Centre in Samoa, a new facility dedicated to helping Pacific Island countries prepare for and cope with the impacts of the climate crisis as part of New Zealand’s Pacific Reset.



Minister Sio represented New Zealand at the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) Environment Ministers’ High Level Talanoa on Friday 6 September in Apia and spoke at the official opening and handover ceremony of the Pacific Climate Change Centre on Thursday 5 September.


He said New Zealand recognised SREP, who will run the centre, as the leading voice for environmental issues in the Pacific and the key pillar for the region's effort to deal with the climate crisis.


"We acknowledge the ambitious action on climate change that the region has been calling for. These challenges will require regional leadership and co-operation. The opening of this centre is an important milestone in enhancing regional co-ordination on climate change issues.”


On September last year, Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters announced New Zealand’s commitment to cooperating with Japan, Samoa and SPREP to help set up the Pacific Climate Change Centre on SPREP’s Apia campus.


“New Zealand’s $3.5 million of support to the Centre, which is a regional hub of excellence for the coordination of climate change initiatives, highlights the Government delivering on its plan to move from a donor-recipient relationship towards genuine partnerships with Pacific countries.



“Recently the Government announced that $150m of its $300 million global commitment to climate-related development assistance would go to the Pacific region.”


“The Talanoa will now provide an important opportunity to progress the conversation to ensure the strongest possible action is taken in relation to climate resilience and critical environment issues across the Pacific,” Aupito William Sio said.


SPREP is the leading regional agency on environment and climate related issues in the Pacific, with a goal of promoting regional cooperation for a more resilient Pacific.