Suva- Prime Minister and Chair of the Pacific Island Developing States Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama this morning launched the Regional Pacific Nationally-Determined Contributions (NDCs) Strategy 2030, a comprehensive long-term strategy that lays out climate action plan for the Pacific.
The Pacific NDCs represent country efforts in targeting sustainable actions to reduce national emissions and adapt to the impacts of climate change.
In his address at the Grand Pacific Hotel, Prime Minister Bainimarama said the document is a key influencer for the shared prosperity and security of a Blue Pacific, mirroring the Paris Agreement processes and aligning with the sustainable development agendas of the Pacific island countries.
'Climate action and the sustainable development agenda are inseparable as we rebuild our economies from the effects of the global COVID-19 pandemic, climate investments present a unique opportunity for Pacific economies to build back better and ensure a green, blue, and inclusive recovery and this will require policy ingenuity, as well as genuine partnerships that translate these policies into action,' he said.
'The strategy elaborates specific priorities across four broad outcome areas with measurable results. The implementation of the proposed interventions in the strategy will pose some challenges, but well-coordinated country support systems and informed decision-making, along with the support from the international community can bring its goals within reach.
'Fiji is honoured to host the Pacific NDC Hub on behalf of all our neighbours. The NDC Hub is a major collective effort and it reflects the common challenges and the common aspirations of the Pacific peoples. It helps us share our accumulated wisdom and experience and it helps us take our future into our own hands in the face of the most serious challenge the world faces today.
'It is one more thing that unites us and gives us a voice and a message to the rest of the world. That message is that we Pacific people will not wait for events to control us. We welcome solutions from everywhere, but will not wait for others to come up with them. We have ingenuity and experience and research and scientific knowledge to bring to the table for our own benefit.'
The Prime Minister acknowledged the founding partners of the Pacific NDC Hub which include the German Society for International Co-operation (G.I.Z), the Pacific Community, and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme, the Global Green Growth Institute, the United Nations Development Programme and the International Renewable Energy Agency.
Meanwhile, the 10-year strategy aims to improve NDC planning and policy, strategy, and legislation in Pacific island countries, strengthen enabling environment for NDC implementation, accelerate NDC action on the ground through project/program implementation, and enhance NDC measurement, reporting and verification for transparency of action.
NDCs are national climate change mitigation plans, which highlight country's climate actions through climate related targets, policies, and projects. As a signatory to the Paris Agreement, countries are required to prepare, communicate, and maintain successive NDCs in contribution to global climate action. These plans are submitted the United Nation Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) every five years.
The Regional Pacific NDCs Hub was established as a response to calls from Pacific Island Countries for a regional platform to support them in implementing, enhancing and financing their NDCs.
The NDC Hub was officially launched by the Fijian Prime Minister in 2017 in Bonn, Germany. The Pacific NDC Hub works with its 14 Pacific partner countries including Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon, Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu.