Increasingly positive steps have been taken toward reaching a global deal on climate change in the lead up to the UN-brokered climate summit currently underway in Cancun, Mexico. Hillary Clinton’s recent visit to the South Pacific, as well as regional initiatives such as the Kiribati climate summit and the Pacific Catastrophe Risk Assessment meeting, have been encouraging and may signal the starting point to brokering a multi-national positive declaration on climate change in Cancun.