NDC hub a regional alliance

Regional and local participants at the Pacific Regional Dialogue on Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) for the Pacific Islands seminar at Holiday Inn Suva. Picture: RAMA

Regional and local participants at the Pacific Regional Dialogue on Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) for the Pacific Islands seminar at Holiday Inn Suva. Picture: RAMA

THE third Pacific Regional Dialogue on Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and consultations on the Regional Pacific NDC Hub will provide an opportunity for all Pacific Island countries, including Fiji to share experiences on gaps, needs and steps to implement their NDCs.

These were the sentiments shared by the director and senior adviser SPC/GIZ Coping with Climate in the Pacific Island Region, Dr Wulf Killman, while responding to questions sent by this newspaper in relation to the dialogue currently happening in Suva.

Dr Killman said the countries, partners, regional organisations, private sector and civil society organisations would also provide inputs to the establishment of the Regional Pacific NDC Hub — a regional arm of the NDC Partnership.

When asked how GIZ was facilitating the regional Hub, Dr Killman said as called for by Pacific leaders and stakeholders, the Regional Pacific NDC Hub would be established and would be associated with the NDC partnership.

He said it aimed to address identified needs and priorities of Pacific Island countries to enhance and successfully implement their NDCs.

“The call to set up a Regional Pacific NDC Hub was initiated at the Climate Action Pacific Partnership Conference in July 2017 and further developed at the Partnership Days during pre-COP in October and side-events during COP23 in November 2017.

He said in response to the Pacific Island Countries’ (PICs) request for a regional NDC Hub at the Climate Action Pacific Partnership Conference in Suva (July 2017), GIZ furthered the discussions, sourced funding and organised the hub side event at the Fiji Pavilion during COP23 in Bonn, in November 2017.

“This event was done in partnership with the Pacific Community (SPC), the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and the NDC Partnership,” he said.

“Currently, GIZ, SPC, SPREP and the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) are facilitating jointly the establishment of the NDC Hub in close consultation with the 14 PICs and relevant stakeholders.

The Regional Pacific NDC Hub is intended to be a multi-partner initiative and at this stage, the UK the German Government — through the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development — BMZ, and Australia through DFAT have committed initial funding for its establishment.

He added the initial funding from the German Federal Ministry of Economic Co-operation and Development (BMZ), the Government of Australia and the Government of the United Kingdom ran up to one million euros ($F2.49m).

“More funding is expected in April/ May 2018, when the new German Government is established and the national budget is agreed upon,” he said.

He stated the focus of each PICs was entirely up to their own assessments and policies on where the greatest need for emission reductions and building resilience to the impacts of climate change were.

“The contribution of PICs to global greenhouse gas emissions is insignificant, a transition to a low carbon green economy is the path needed for overall sustainable development,” he said.

“NDCs define the countries commitments towards reducing emissions and express its adaptation ambition towards building resilience.

“Most of the PICs’ NDCs focus on renewable energy and energy efficiency actions and most recognised this as also economically smart given the high reliance on fossil fuels.”

He said after the NDC dialogue, the outcomes of the consultations would be brought into the second Climate Action Pacific Partnership (PACC) Conference, which was being held back-to-back with the NDC Dialogue event.

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