NDC regional hub plans

British High Commissioner to Fiji Melanie Hopkins at her office in Suva. Picture: JONA KONATACI

British High Commissioner to Fiji Melanie Hopkins at her office in Suva. Picture: JONA KONATACI

BRITISH High Commissioner to Fiji Melanie Hopkins says the United Kingdom Government has given an initial 100,000 pounds sterling ($F281,713) for the starting of the Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) hub, which will be set up in Suva by 2020.

Ms Hopkins said currently, the funding was contributed to the development of terms of reference for the hub, which included consultation and design of the hub.

“A consultant is now working with German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ) and consulting with Pacific Island Countries,” Ms Hopkins said.

“As well as regional organisations, development partners and many others to understand current issues and gaps in the implementation and enhancement of Pacific NDCs, to see where assistance would be most useful, in what form and to see how should the hub be designed to ensure that it is effective.”

She said building resilience to the impacts of climate change was a crucial priority for vulnerable Pacific Small Island Developing States (PSIDS).

“The majority of NDCs submitted by PSIDS focus on broad mitigation measures for their energy sectors but lack the strategic and sectoral integration,” she said.

“Why is this the case? Many PSIDS developed NDCs ahead of COP21 as a global signal of political ambition for international climate action, but did so before a more in-depth review of sectors and risks could be integrated into the process.

“As a result, many Pacific NDCs could be enhanced, and have the potential to play a greater role in guiding urgent climate finance investment, and are increasingly recognised as an important strategic framework for supporting resilience building activities and objectives alongside carbon mitigation.”

She added one of the aims of the NDC Hub was to enhance Pacific SIDS ability to implement the Paris Agreement and meet their Sustainable Development Goals.

“Secondly, enhance capacity to manage climate risks and thirdly, promote and enable innovative blending of insurance, corporate research and development, venture capital, international climate finance funds, private equity, and private/public joint ventures.”

She said by the end of the program in 2020, the NDC Hub would be established as a central resource centre and tool for strategic NDC implementation in the region.

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