UK announces further funding for PICs

Update: 4:00PM THE United Kingdom government has announced 1.2m pounds (F$3.5m) of further UK funding to support Pacific Island countries with the implementation of their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), through the Regional Pacific NDC Hub that will be based in Suva, Fiji.

This announcement was made by the UK Minister of State for Energy and Clean Growth, Claire Perry, at the ongoing Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London.

Ms Perry said the UK was leading the world in tackling climate change while growing their national income, ensuring they were best placed to help other countries reduce harmful carbon emissions.

“Providing expertise to mitigate global warming and reducing emissions is a crucial priority for Commonwealth nations, and vulnerable Pacific Islands in particular,” Ms Perry said.

Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama said although Pacific island countries had done little to contribute to climate change, they were committed to leading the world in mitigating and adapting to its impacts.

The new funding will support the hub’s objective of assisting Small Island Developing States to enhance and implement their NDCs under the Paris Agreement.

The Australian government also committed to providing funding approximately F$787,390 to the hub at COP23 and the German government through BMZ (the Federal German Ministry for Economic Development and Cooperation) continues to provide funding.

The hub is a multi-partner initiative and will be managed on behalf of the Pacific Island Countries by GIZ, the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), the NDC Partnership, the Pacific Community (SPC) and the Secretariat for the Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)