“I NEED your generation to tell my generation to behave properly when it comes to the environment, the climate, in putting carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and on meeting the goal of 1.5 degrees Celsius.”

In a panel discussion with the theme “Youth Action for Climate Change” held at the University of the South Pacific in Suva, the United Nations Secretary-General His Excellency António Guterres said his visit to this part of the world was essentially to express solidarity with the strong voice of the Pacific on climate change but it was more than that.

Secretary-General Guterres said through his visit he also wanted to “agitate and make noise” in order to tell the developed countries that they need to do more because despite all the signs of the impact of climate change such as droughts and sea-level rise, there has been a lack of political will.

Youth panelists representing various perspectives, while highlighting the impact of climate on women, indigenous people and for persons living with disabilities, expressed the need to be included in all the discussions and decision making on this important issue as it is their future which is at stake.