ABC News Online, Posted Fri Nov 7, 2008 7:23pm AEDT
Updated Fri Nov 7, 2008 7:22pm AEDT
Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare says wealthy countries like Australia need to help Pacific nations cope with the effects of climate change.
Mr Somare says countries like Papua New Guinea are already experiencing the effects of climate change such as rising sea levels.
He has told the Lowy Institute in Sydney that the value of preserving PNG's rainforests is being neglected by the international community.
"Some countries make billions selling fossil fuels that pollute our atmosphere," he said.
"Google is worth $150 billion while the world's last great tropical forrest left standing is worth nothing. How can this be right?"