Climate Action Pacific Partnership Event
The inaugural Climate Action Pacific Partnership (CAPP) event was held on 3 and 4 July at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva, Fiji. The event was organised in recognition of the need to support and strengthen the participation of Pacific Small Island Developing Sates (P-SIDS) in the global climate action agenda.
The CAPP event brought together relevant stakeholders to promote the exchange of ideas, innovations, and solutions to drive transformative outcomes and initiatives to boost climate action in the Pacific, and to help inspire urgently needed increases in ambition and action elsewhere. More than 300 participants attended and included leaders from Pacific Small Island Developing states (P-SIDS), civil society, non-governmental organisations, international and regional organisations, faith-based organisations, academic institutions, and the private sector.
The CAPP event is a part of a program of activities of the High Level Champions appointed under the Paris Agreement, hosted by Fiji’s High-Level Champion Minister Hon. Inia Seruiratu.
The participants in the Climate Action Pacific Partnership conference reaffirmed commitment to immediate and decisive action to tackle the climate crisis and to ensure a just and sustainable future for all humankind.
As a region the Pacific is committed to the full and rapid implementation of the Paris Agreement. Limiting warming to 1.5C is a matter of survival for many countries in the region. Achieving this goal requires the rapid decarbonization of the global economy, an end to the fossil fuel era and achieving 100% renewable energy and zero emissions as soon as possible.
Participants recognise that action of climate change strengthens development justice. All action on climate change and DRR must uphold and promote human rights, gender justice and women’s human rights and empowerment, and the rights of Indigenous peoples, people with disabilities, young people and all our diverse communities.
As large oceanic states and communities on the frontline of climate change, the Pacific has a special role in driving the global response to the climate crisis. While Pacific Island Countries have contributed negligibly to the causes of climate change, they are determined to lead.
Through accelerating climate action in the Pacific, and through Fiji’s Presidency of COP23 – the ‘Pacific COP’, the region will ensure that the world as whole takes stronger action to tackle the underlying causes of climate change and build the resilience of communities.
Specifically, the CAPP event resulted in:
- Summary Outcomes Report, including recommendations for implementing and accelerating climate action in the region. (Available soon)
- Statement by the leaders of the Pacific Small Island Developing States
The Paris Climate Agreement emphasises the urgent need to accelerate climate action in order to achieve the global target to keep global temperatures well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels, and pursue efforts to limit warming to 1.5°C. The Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) further recognises that in order to achieve this goal, the participation of both Parties and non-Parties, and voluntary contributions from stakeholders outside of the formal UNFCCC processes, will be needed.
To establish a durable connection between the UNFCCC process and the many voluntary and collaborative actions, the COP in 2015 decided that two High-Level Champions (from France and Morocco) would be appointed to facilitate this partnership with the ultimate objective to accelerate climate action. The current High-Level Champions are from the COP22 Presidency, Morocco (H.E. Hakima El Haite, Special Envoy for Climate Change) and the incoming COP23 Presidency, Fiji (Hon. Inia Seruiratu, Minister for Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Development, and National Disaster Management).
The High-Level Champions will (amongst other tasks):
- engage with all stakeholders and voluntary launch initiatives to increase their ambition, transparency and alignment with the objective of the Convention, aims of the Paris Agreement and SDGs;
- engage with stakeholders making or considering voluntary action and promote best practices and voluntary initiatives that have the greatest impact;
- actively encourage participation from cities, regions, companies and investors that have not yet made commitments to take ambitious climate action, as well as facilitate greater participation from non-Party stakeholders in developing countries;
- facilitate support from relevant institutions such as bilateral or multilateral agencies to enhance implementation; and
- provide guidance on the UNFCCC Technical Examination Processes (TEPs) to assist alignment with specific policy options, barriers and priorities being identified through the operation of the Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action.
The Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action provides the working framework for the high-level champions. The Marrakech Partnership organises actions across seven thematic areas, namely – land use (agriculture, forestry and other land use), water, oceans and coastal zones, energy, industry, human settlements and transport.
Objective of the Climate Action Pacific Partnership Event
The inaugural Climate Action Pacific Partnership (CAPP) event was organised under the mandate of the Fijian High-Level Champion and was in recognition of the need to support and strengthen the participation of Pacific Small Island Developing Sates (P-SIDS) in the global climate action agenda.
The CAPP brought together key PSIDS stakeholders to promote the exchange of ideas, innovations, and solutions to initiate and accelerate transformative climate actions that result in credible and sustainable greenhouse gas reductions and/or strengthened climate resiliency. More specifically, the objectives of the event were to:
- identify transformative solutions and initiatives, including enabling mechanisms, to accelerate climate action;
- determine actions that can implement and improve current Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and adaptation plans;
- facilitate significant innovations and initiatives to boost climate finance availability and access, as well as to significantly improve insurance and other risk management and impact response options; and
- promote partnerships among all stakeholders especially between Parties and non-Parties.
The High-Level Champions remind us in the recently released Marrakech Partnership Approach, released in May 2017, that – “to be genuinely transformative, the action across the various thematic areas must also develop impactful solutions that are meaningful to local communities and address the universal needs as expressed in the SDGs”.
Leaders and negotiators from Pacific Small Island Developing States, Australia and New Zealand; civil society, including youth and women groups; international and regional development partners and organisations; the private sector; and financing and insurance institutions. These include organisations with expertise from the seven thematic areas of the Marrakech Partnership. Other international experts have also been invited to share insights on the various topics.
The event is assisted by funding contributions from the Governments of Germany and Australia, the United Nations Development Programme and the Asian Development Bank. The Fijian Government acknowledges the support of other partners for its Presidency efforts at www.cop23.com.fj/partners