“Keep 1.5 Alive. It’s our red line.” Samoa, as AOSIS Chair at COP28 Preparatory Meeting

His Excellency Fatumanava-o-Upolu III Dr. Pa’olelei Luteru, at the opening of AOSIS prep-meeting in Dubai Photo: SPREP.ORG


Samoa, as the Chair of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) has called for unity and solidarity from the AOSIS membership to ensure the fight for a 1.5 degree world remains alive.

Samoa’s Permanent Representative to the UN, His Excellency Fatumanava-o-Uplolu III Dr. Pa’olelei Luteru, delivered the call at the opening of the the 2-day AOSIS preparatory meeting at the Expo City, Dubai, on Sunday.

“We cannot and we must not move away from the 1.5 ambition. I know there has been talk of accepting something less than what we want, I urge you to please stay in solidarity, our position is 1.5, it is non-negotiable it is our red line,” Ambassador Fatumanava said.

“We have to be solid and united in that position because anything else I think we know what the consequences are. Our ambition in terms of 1.5 is absolutely critical, it really is where everything else hangs. What’s the use of talking about other issues if we find that this central element in our position as the Alliance of Small Island States is not met?”

Since 1990, AOSIS has represented the interests of the 39 small island and low-lying coastal developing states in international climate change, sustainable development negotiations and processes. At COP28, Samoa as Chair has vowed to continue the work of advocating for these countries’ interests.

“We have to demonstrate unity and solidarity among ourselves if we are going to succeed,” said Ambassador Fatumanava. “There are times when we will find that our national positions do not quite fit in with the SIDS position but I think this is part of the process and being part of the alliances.”

“I think that’s critical in terms of achieving our priorities as we go to COP.”

“The special needs and circumstances of SIDS must be acknowledged. It is my ardent hope that all countries will live up to their duty and obligation to do right by humanity and curb the worst effects of climate change before it is too late.”

The 28th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC COP28) in Dubai, UAE is taking place from Thursday 30 November 2023 – Tuesday 12 December 2023.
It is being attended by Pacific leaders and their delegations, who are advocating for the survival of Pacific communities who continue to be at the forefront of climate change impacts.

A key part of amplifying the One Pacific Voice at COP28 is the Moana Blue Pacific Pavilion, which is a Pacific partnership with Aotearoa New Zealand and Australia. Another key part of the Pacific’s work at COP28 is the Pacific Delegation Office, which is Pacific partnership with Aotearoa New Zealand. Both the Moana Pacific Pavilion and the Pacific Delegation Office are managed by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP).