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Source: Pacific Islands Climate Action Network (PICAN)

[Rarotonga, 9 October 2023] — Pacific civil society is deeply concerned with the recent remarks made by New Zealand  National Party’s foreign affairs spokesperson Gerry Brownlee, in response to Vanuatu’s Climate Change Minister Ralph Regenvanu’s calls to the incoming New Zealand government not to reverse the ban on offshore oil and gas exploration.

At a time when the Pacific is grappling with the region’s single greatest security threat – climate change, intensifying fossil fuel dependency not only undermines collective efforts to build a sustainable future but also s