Declaring open a day-long conference on climate change and climate security in London capital on Tuesday, UK Foreign Office minister Hugo Swire stressed the need for immediate action by all countries to limit global average temperature hike.
Climate change impacts, Swire said, are being felt all over the world, with the Pacific Islands among those already dealing with significant changes, such as land loss and more frequent high tides.
"This is a time for action on climate change. I hope that today's event raises the much needed awareness on climate change and climate security," he said.
The Foreign Secretary's Special Representative for Climate Change, Neil Morisetti, chaired round-table discussions on climate security and science, climate financing and technologies as well as future cooperation between the region and UK.
The event was also attended by academics, NGOs, the Commonwealth Secretariat, members of the renewable industry and UK government officials from a number of departments.