Oxfam urges Pacific leaders to address critical issues with ADB

Siddharth Sreenivas of Oxfam Asia-Food and Climate Justice Lead Asia, left, with Oxfam in the Pacifi c director Raijeli Nicole, right, and Dr Jale Samuwai, climate fi nance adviser. Picture: ABISHEK CHAND

OXFAM in the Pacific, Oxfam in Asia and Fair Finance Asia are calling on leaders attending the Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) Board of Governor’s meeting in Nadi this week to address energy transition, financial transparency, and government capabilities, to help build a resilient, inclusive and climate-just Asia Pacific.

Oxfam in the Pacific’s Climate Finance Advisor Dr Jale Samuwai says they are calling for a range of measures to address the dire impacts of climate change that are already being felt across the Pacific.

He said Oxfam urged Asia Pacific leaders to raise six critical issues with the ADB, including accelerating energy transition; closing the adaptation finance gap; organically growing the domestic finance sector; building the capacity of governments to effectively implement policies; prioritising social accountability, ensuring financial transparency in climate finance, and; creating meaningful participation for communities.

“This week’s meeting is the largest gathering of the ADB and its partners and provides us with a unique platform to engage with those that wield power in the Bank,” Dr Samuwai said.

“We urge them to be open to acting on the experiences that those of us on the forefront of climate change are sharing, and the concrete actions we are suggesting.

“Adapting to climate change depends, above all, on action at the local level. This action must ensure access to climate-change information and support solutions that are right for the local context.

“It must enable communities to build on their strengths, and guarantee that affected communities have a voice in national adaptation planning.”

Oxfam in the Pacific and Oxfam in Asia will be attending the civil society talanoa session at the meeting.

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