The comments follow a Pacific Islands Forum summit in which leaders declared a climate emergency.
While the newly elected Australian government’s stronger position on climate was welcomed, some leaders in the region have publicly pushed for greater action.
“Australia’s new climate pledge is a step-up that Fiji has long sought – but out of the duty I owe every young person in the Pacific, I have urged @AlboMP to go further for our family’s shared future by aligning Australia’s commitment to the 1.5-degree target,” Prime Minister of Fiji and Frank Bainimarama tweeted on Wednesday.
Chalmers also used the speech to acknowledge ex Liberal finance minister Mathias Cormann, who is now secretary-general of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.
“A key priority for the new Australian government is introducing clear and globally-aligned climate reporting requirements for large businesses and financial institutions,” he said.
“I look forward to joining with a big group of countries represented here who are developing stronger requirements for disclosure of climate risks and opportunities.”