Pa­cific Na­tion­ally De­ter­mined Hub may be in Suva

Fiji Sun - - Cop23 Fiji - JY­OTI PRATIBHA Edited by Naisa Koroi

Are­gional hub for the Pa­cific fo­cussing on Pa­cific’s Na­tion­ally De­ter­mined Con­tri­bu­tions (NDC) will have the full back­ing of Fiji and may even be based in Suva. Ger­many has al­ready made its in­ten­sions known of sup­port­ing the set up of such a hub.

A di­a­logue on this was held on the mar­gins of the COP23 event in Bonn, Ger­many, where Fi­jian At­tor­ney-Gen­eral and Min­is­ter Re­spon­si­ble for Cli­mate Change Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum as­sured the Pa­cific of Fiji’s sup­port.

In the ses­sion, he was joined by Agriculture Min­is­ter Inia Seruiratu who wore the hat of High-Level Cham­pion of the Marrakech Part­ner­ship for Global Cli­mate Ac­tion.

As a group of coun­tries that are highly ex­posed to cli­mate change and with limited green­house gas emis­sions, the fo­cus for Pa­cific Is­land coun­tries is trans­form­ing our economies to ones that are not only in­vest­ing in re­new­able en­ergy and clean trans­port but have a clear fo­cus on eco­nomic growth in a man­ner that adapts to, and is re­silient to, cli­mate change.

At a high level this re­gional Pa­cific NDC Hub will con­trib­ute to:

En­hanc­ing the Pa­cific Small Is­land De­vel­op­ing States (SIDS) abil­ity to im­ple­ment the Paris Agree­ment and the 2030 Agenda through im­proved ac­cess to fi­nance, low car­bon in­vest­ments and debt man­age­ment ini­tia­tives; and

En­hanc­ing coun­tries’ ca­pac­ity to man­age cli­mate risks through long-term sus­tain­able in­vest­ment pro­grammes, con­ducive le­gal frame­works, pri­vate sec­tor in­te­gra­tion and in­no­va­tive pol­icy de­vel­op­ment.

In par­tic­u­lar, the re­gional hub will pro­vide ad­vi­sory and tech­ni­cal sup­port to Pa­cific Is­land Coun­tries to en­hance and im­ple­ment their NDCs. This is to in­te­grate the cli­mate ac­tions into their de­vel­op­ment plans; sup­port PICs with the re­quired sys­tem­atic review of the im­ple­men­ta­tion of their NDCs and the ac­cel­er­a­tion of cli­mate ac­tions, as re­quested in the Paris Agree­ment. It will build the crit­i­cal ca­pac­ity that is re­quired across the Pa­cific. “As a group of coun­tries that are highly ex­posed to cli­mate change and with limited green­house gas emis­sions, the fo­cus for Pa­cific Is­land coun­tries is trans­form­ing our economies to ones that are not only in­vest­ing in re­new­able en­ergy and clean trans­port but have a clear fo­cus on eco­nomic growth in a man­ner that adapts to, and is re­silient to, cli­mate change,” Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.

The con­cept of this re­gional Pa­cific NDC hub has its ori­gins at the in­au­gu­ral Cli­mate Ac­tion Pa­cific Part­ner­ship con­fer­ence that was at­tended by more than 200 par­tic­i­pants from around the Pa­cific re­gion and in­ter­na­tion­ally.

The con­fer­ence es­tab­lished the Cli­mate Ac­tion Pa­cific Part­ner­ship, a part­ner­ship func­tion­ing un­der the um­brella of the Marrakech Part­ner­ship for Global Cli­mate Ac­tion. Part­ners recog­nised the need for a re­gional hub for ef­fec­tive and co­or­di­nated sup­port to Pa­cific Is­land coun­tries with the review and en­hance­ment of their NDCs and its im­ple­men­ta­tion.

Mr Seruiratu said: “Through the re­gional ap­proach Pa­cific Is­lands can ben­e­fit from – col­lec­tive co­or­di­nated sup­port, pool­ing of re­sources, and pro­mo­tion of south-south co­op­er­a­tion and ex­changes. “We hope for this sup­port to in­crease over time and we thank the gov­ern­ment of Ger­many for al­ready step­ping up to sup­port the es­tab­lish­ment of this re­gional hub,” he said.

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