Tuvalu's Prime Minister Enele Sopoaga is urgently calling for global leaders to commit to addressing climate change.

The issue was a major focus of last week's Pacific Island Forum leaders meeting in Majuro, where many delegates expressed concern that the issue is slipping in prominence on the international agenda.

Mr Sopoaga has called on major greenhouse gas emitters to follow the lead of smaller Pacific nations in battling climate change.

He's told the most vulnerable Pacific Island countries need to urgently implement concrete adaptation strategies.

"There have been quite a number of initiatives to address climate change but we have a worry that these are maybe focussing too much on finances, on things like commercial trade bar interests and so on," he said.

"They are turning away from the real issue which is to address climate change."

Mr Sopoaga says climate change has created a dire situation for many small Pacific nations.

He says larger developed nations must shoulder more responsibility in tackling the problem.

"We need to elevate this issue on the global level to the highest possible level and make strong political leadership commitment on addressing climate change," he said.

"We have witnessed so many catastrophes happening in our planet."

 

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