Wed 29 November 2023, COP28-UAE Dubai
In the vibrant landscape of COP28-UAE Dubai, Tonga's Finance and Responsible Minister for Statistics, Tiofilusi Tiueti, eloquently underscored the critical importance of prioritizing gender and environmental data in shaping global climate policy. Minister Tiueti's compelling words resonated through the international community, emphasizing the need for impactful data in securing financing, implementing effective solutions, and ensuring a sustainable future.
Tonga's commitment to this global cause was reiterated as Minister Tiueti pledged to collaborate with stakeholders, addressing the alarming reality revealed by recent survey findings. The data highlighted that every Tongan is experiencing the tangible effects of climate change, with many facing more than four disasters in the 12 months preceding the survey alone.
A pivotal moment for Tonga emerged as it became the first in the Pacific to conduct and complete its national survey on Gender and the Environment in 2022. This groundbreaking effort earned recognition from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as a leading example of global action. Tonga seized the opportunity to present its national survey results during this influential session, with Government Statistician Sione Lolohea and Tonga Statistics Department's Lupe in attendance.
Among the distinguished speakers at the session were H.E. Dan Jorgensen, Minister for Development Cooperation and Global Climate Policy, Denmark; H.E. Razan Khalifa Al Mubarak, IUCN President and COP28 UN Climate Change High-Level Champion; and H.E. The Chhun Hak, Director General, Gender Equality and Economic Development, Ministry of Women, Cambodia.
Tonga's impactful presence at COP28 serves as a testament to its dedication to climate resilience and its pivotal role in the global dialogue on gender and the environment.