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Port Vila call to phase out fossil fuels

Six Pacific nations pledge to phase out fossil fuels "as soon as possible" but need international partners to finance the transition.

A Pacific minister's climate conference was attended by seven nations over three days in Vanuatu last week - only days after back-to-back category four cyclones.

The conference resulted in six countries signing the Port Vila call for a just transition to a fossil fuel free Pacific.

The signatories - Tonga, Fiji, Niue, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu and Vanuatu - acknowledged the cyclones as the latest example of "fossil fuel-induced loss and damage" in the region.

The nations agreed to establish a Pacific Energy Commissioner for a "Just Transition to a Fossil Fuel Free Pacific". The commissioner is to be formalised at the Pacific Islands Leaders Forum Summit meeting in October or November.

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