10/06/18

Climate Action Pacific Partnership (CAPP) Conference II – 2018

A Pacific Talanoa for Resilience, Ambition and Urgency

25 – 27 July, 2018
Grand Pacific Hotel, Suva, Fiji

BACKGROUND ON THE CLIMATE ACTION PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP (CAPP)

Established under the COP23 Presidency in July 2017, the Climate Action Pacific Partnership (CAPP) is a coalition of Pacific stakeholders from various thematic and cross-cutting areas, supported by regional and international partners, joined by their commitment to accelerate climate action in the Pacific and support international efforts to achieve the emissions reduction target set by the Paris Agreement. Whilst the Partnership is largely made up of non-Party stakeholders, Parties have a strong presence as well, both at the policy and technical level.

The CAPP serves to –

  1. Create a platform to exchange ideas, technologies, innovations, experiences and challenges among various sectors and stakeholders and to initiate, implement and accelerate climate action in the Pacific
  2. Strengthen partnerships and collaboration between governments and non-Party stakeholders, including the private sector, investors, civil society groups and sub-national agencies
  3. Contribute to the Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action
  4. Provide inputs into the UNFCCC processes that raise Pacific issues and champion Pacific priorities

The CAPP has the following thematic areas –

  1. Agriculture, forests and land use
  2. Ocean
  3. Water
  4. Health
  5. Gender and climate justice
  6. Climate financing
  7. Low carbon development
  8. Integrating disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation and sustainable development
  9. Decent work and just transition

The various organisations and sectors in the CAPP offer valuable experience, skills, knowledge and other resources from the above thematic areas.

The Partnership is organised under the umbrella of the Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action, the UNFCCC framework for global climate action.

CAPP CONFERENCE II OVERVIEW

The CAPP conference will be held at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva, Fiji on 26 and 27 July 2018.

The conference is organised by the Fijian COP23 Presidency, under the leadership of the High-Level Climate Champion, and is the second conference following the inaugural conference held in July 2017.

Before the official opening of the conference, Pacific leaders and conference participants will be welcomed to Fiji with a traditional ceremony held on the evening of 25 July 2018.

The CAPP conference presents an exciting schedule of events, songs and stories. These are intended to evoke rich and thought-provoking discussions on innovative and transformative approaches to address the need for urgent climate action and investment to reach net-zero emissions as soon as possible, protect our ocean and strengthen resilience in Pacific countries.

This conference will also host a ‘Pacific Talanoa’ as a regional contribution to the Talanoa Dialogue, which is being undertaken by the global community this year to help countries implement and enhance their national climate commitments. This will be a vital opportunity for the Pacific to send strong and unified messages about the need for resilience, ambition and urgency. The Pacific concept of talanoa has been embraced by stakeholders – both Parties and non-Parties alike – and is ultimately designed to help achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement. Talanoa events are being held around the world and this is the chance for the Pacific to make its contribution. The outcomes of these events, including from this CAPP conference, will help guide the global political leaders’ dialogue at COP24, which will be co-chaired by Fiji and Poland.

PARTICIPANTS

The 2018 conference will bring together around 300 participants from different sectors and organisations, coming from the Pacific region and internationally. These include leaders from Pacific small-island developing states (P-SIDS), government representatives, civil society, non-governmental organisations, investors and financiers, regional organisations, international development partners and the private sector.

With restricted space, this is an invite-only conference with numbers limited to two per organisation. Special consideration may be given to ensure balanced and fair representation of sectors and gender for the talanoa sessions.

OBJECTIVES OF THE CONFERENCE

The overall aim of the CAPP Conference is to help mobilise the partnerships and investment needed to accelerate climate action in the Pacific, in support of the more ambitious target of keeping global temperature increase to within 1.5 degrees Celsius and to achieve net-zero emissions as soon as possible.  

In this regard, the conference has the more specific objectives to:

  1. Showcase and discuss the various opportunities and challenges in the Pacific in accelerating climate action
  2. Present Pacific issues, including high-level messages from participating Pacific SIDS leaders, into the UNFCCC Talanoa Dialogue that is currently underway
  3. Firm up the Pacific climate action plans for the thematic areas

The Conference is made possible by the direct support of the Australian, Canadian and German governments and from others more broadly supporting the COP23 Presidency.

OVERVIEW OF THE PROGRAMME

Registration for the conference will open at 7.30am on Thursday 26 July at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva. The official opening session will begin at 8.30am. Please be reminded that only registered participants will have access to the conference.

Day 1 Thursday 26 July – Expert panel sessions

The first day of the conference will see an array of experts from different sectors discussing the challenges and opportunities in the Pacific relating to – the development and implementation of NDCs; innovative climate financing; transformative technologies; profiling the ocean and climate change nexus; and, addressing social and other cross-cutting issues. This will be through interactive panel discussions in open plenary.

A meeting of leaders of P-SIDS will convene in parallel in the latter half of the first day. The meeting presents an important opportunity for leaders to exchange information and further develop high-level P-SIDS priorities going into COP24 in Katowice, Poland and beyond.

Day 2 Friday 27 July – Pacific Talanoa Day

Given that 2018 is the year of the Talanoa Dialogue, a process mandated by Parties of the UNFCCC and led by the Fijian COP23 Presidency and the incoming Polish COP24 Presidency, a “Pacific Talanoa Day” will be organised on the second day of the conference. This is an important opportunity since the key messages of the Talanoa Dialogue will be presented to political leaders for their consideration during COP24 at the high-level ministerial roundtable – the political phase of the Talanoa Dialogue.

Thematic talanoa groups will be convened to discuss the last two questions of the Talanoa Dialogue – “Where do we want to go?” and “How do we get there?”

Prior to the talanoa sessions, representatives of the CAPP technical working groups will provide an overview of where we are (the first question of the Talanoa Dialogue) in the Pacific in terms of actions in the different thematic areas.

The Pacific Talanoa will not only feed a strong Pacific island voice into the Talanoa Dialogue process, but it will also serve as an important platform to facilitate the exchange of ideas and experiences and to strengthen partnerships among participants.

These sessions will be conducted in the spirit of talanoa, which means creating an open and inclusive space where there will be no finger-pointing, and where stories are told with the aim of collective problem solving and inspiring others.

The talanoa day will include a high-level talanoa of Pacific leaders. The leaders will gather to share stories and insights on how the Pacific can together push towards achieving a more resilient and a net-zero emission region as soon as possible. The talanoa will be recorded and uploaded for later viewing on the Fiji COP23 website.

The conference is scheduled to officially end at 5.30pm.

Events prior to, and on the fringes of the conference

Wednesday 25 July

Welcome Ceremony

A traditional welcome ceremony for Pacific leaders and CAPP participants will be held at 5.30pm on 25 July. This will be followed by a reception.

 

Leaders’ Dinner

A leaders-only dinner will be hosted by the COP23 President, Hon. Frank Bainimarama, at 7pm after the welcome ceremony.

 

CAPP Technical Working groups

Specific thematic working groups of the CAPP will meet for half day on 25 July to firm up their climate action work plans for the Pacific. The action plans will serve to guide climate actions in the Pacific and provide a roadmap on how climate action implementers, advocates and supporters can work together and create partnerships to strengthen resilience, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and contribute to sustainable development in the region. These work plans will be presented to CAPP participants.

 

Global Employers Climate Action Forum

The Global Employers Climate Action Forum will be held in Suva on 25 July.  The forum is hosted and organised by the Fiji Commerce and Employer’s Federation (a CAPP Partner), as president of the Marrakech Business Action for Climate (MBA4 Climate) and convened under the theme: “Fiji Declaration: Resilient Businesses and Communities”. The MBA4 Climate networks endorsed the Fiji Declaration at COP23 in Bonn. The declaration aims to create synergies and permanent exchanges between private sector organisations with the objective to:

  1. Partner with governments and other actors in the implementation of the Paris Agreement
  2. Promote the emergence of a new low-carbon economy that combats climate change while creating new jobs and advancing shared economic prosperity.

For more information on the Global Employers Climate Action Forum, please contact: executiveofficer@fcef.com.fj

Thursday 26 July

Evening networking reception

A reception with drinks, finger food and entertainment will be held at the Fiji Museum in Suva. The function is an excellent opportunity to network with the various organisations and sectors in the region and to reflect on the diverse range of information presented during the day.

Friday 27 July (subject to sponsor support)

Breakfast event: Resilient coastal cities and towns in the Pacific

On the morning of 27 July, a one-hour breakfast event will be held at the Grand Pacific Hotel. The event theme is “Resilient coastal cities and towns in the Pacific” to highlight the vulnerability of the largely coastal cities and towns in the Pacific and present opportunities and innovative actions that national and sub-national governments can undertake. The event will include expert keynote speakers sharing their experiences and initiatives on this important topic. All conference participants are invited to this event.

Blue Climate Event: Launching of Ocean & Climate Initiatives

This Blue Climate function will be held on the evening of 27 July 2018. The function will see the launch of exciting ocean and climate-related initiatives that will be implemented in Fiji and in the region. All conference participants are invited to this event which will also include drinks, food and live music.

Logistics



The 2nd Annual Climate Action Pacific Partnership Conference and associated events will be held at the Grand Pacific Hotel from 25 to 27 July in Suva, Fiji.

ACCREDITATION

Delegates will be required to wear accreditation badges which will be provided upon registration. There will be an opportunity to obtain accredited passes on Wednesday 25 July, 2018 from 2pm to 5pm at the Grand Pacific Hotel. Please note that this is a “by invitation” only conference.

CONFERENCE WELCOME CEREMONY AND OPENING

The traditional welcome will take place at 5.30pm on Wednesday 25 July at the Grand Pacific Hotel Britannia Ballroom. This will be followed by a welcome reception.

The conference will officially start at 8.30am on Thursday 26 July in the Britannia Ballroom. We request you come in early for registration, which opens at 7.30am.

A GREEN and CLIMATE-FRIENDLY CONFERENCE

The conference will be a minimum waste and climate-friendly event. There will be no distribution of bottled of water but instead hydration/water stations will be set-up and participants are encouraged to refill from these water stations. Printed material will be kept to a minimum.  An app will be set-up for accessing all conference documents, updates and other information. Please bring with you printouts should you be more comfortable with hard copies.

ACCOMMODATION

The CAPP Conference and selected associated events will be held at the Grand Pacific Hotel. Special prices are available for an allocation of rooms for the CAPP Conference delegates at the Grand Pacific Hotel before 30 June, 2018. Please contact Ms. Mohini Lata, Manager Sales at the Grand Pacific Hotel by email sales3@gph.com.fj.

The Tanoa Plaza Hotel is also offering special rates for the CAPP Conference delegates. Please contact Mrs. Mere Rakoroi, General Manager, by email plazamanager@tanoahotels.com or quote “CAPP Conference” when making a booking.

For a full list of other hotels available in Suva CIty including their offerings and rates, please click on this link: Hotel Listing for Suva City.

LANGUAGE

The language of the meeting will be English.

CLIMATE AND WEATHER

Maximum temperatures rarely move out of the 26°C to 31°C range all year round. A cooling trade wind blows from the east south-east for most of the year. It usually drops in the evening and picks up again by mid-morning. For more information on Fiji weather, please email fmscustomer@met.gov.fj

CURRENCY

The Fijian dollar has standard decimal denominations. Anything below $2 is a coin and $2 and above is a note. There is no limit to the amount of money to be brought in and visitors are allowed to take out currency up to the amount imported, but provided amounts over FJD 10,000 in cash or Bearer Negotiable Instruments (BNI) are declared.

TIME ZONE

Coordinated Universal Time/Greenwich Mean Time (UTC/GMT) + 12 hours

ELECTRICITY

The current in Fiji is 240 volts AC 50Hz with three-pin power points – the same as in Australia and New Zealand. Leading hotels and resorts offer universal outlets for 240v or 110v appliances, or 110v adapters.

VACCINATIONS

There are no compulsory vaccinations for entry into Fiji. The Fijian authorities will however require a Yellow Fever vaccination certificate from travellers coming from countries with a risk of yellow fever transmission and for travellers having transited more than 12 hours through the airport of a country with a risk of yellow fever transmission:

AFRICA: Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Sudan, Togo and Uganda.

LATIN AMERICA & THE CARIBBEAN: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, and Venezuela.

VISA REQUIREMENTS

  1. All international CAPP Conference delegates must hold a valid passport or travel document with a minimum validity of 6 months from date of departure.
  1. Citizens of the following countries are not required to obtain a visa when travelling to Fiji. However, these travelers will still need the relevant permits depending on the nature of their travel (see immigration.gov.fj/travel-options/visit-transit-in-fiji):

Antigua & Barbuda

Argentina

Australia

Austria

The Bahamas

Bangladesh

Barbados

Belgium

Belize

Bermuda

Botswana

Brazil

Brunei Darussalam

Bulgaria

Canada

Chile

China

Colombia

Cook Islands [NZ passport holder]

Cyprus

Czech Republic

Denmark

Commonwealth Dominica

Estonia

The Federated States of Micronesia

Finland

France

The Gambia

Germany

Ghana

Greece

Grenada

Guyana

Holy See (Vatican)

Hong Kong [SAR]

Hungary

Iceland

India

Indonesia

Israel

Italy

Jamaica

Japan

Kenya

Kiribati

Latvia

Liechtenstein

Lesotho

Luxembourg

Macau

Malawi

Malaysia

Maldives

Malta

Mauritius

Mexico

Moldova

Monaco

Nauru

The Netherlands

New Zealand

Nigeria

Norway

Palau

Papua New Guinea

Paraguay

Peru

The Philippines

Poland

Portugal

Republic of Ireland

Republic of the Marshall Islands

Romania

Russia

Samoa

Serbia

Slovak Republic

St Kitts & Nevis

St Lucia

St Vincent & The Grenadines

Seychelles

Sierra Leone

Singapore

Slovenia

Solomon Islands

South Africa

South Korea

Spain

Swaziland

Sweden

Switzerland

Taiwan

Tanzania

Thailand

Tonga

Trinidad & Tobago

Tunisia

Turkey

Tuvalu

Uganda

United Arab Emirates

Ukraine

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

United States of America

Uruguay

Vanuatu

Venezuela

Zambia

Zimbabwe

  1. All other participants will require a visa to enter Fiji. For those that do not have a Fijian diplomatic mission in their country of residence (please see list of diplomatic missions here),
  1. Participants, who are not citizens of the above visa-exempt countries and require a Visa on Arrival, may need to pay the Visa Fee of approximately FJ$91.00 in cash in Fijian currency upon arrival.
  1. Participants should also investigate and obtain any necessary transit visas for their trip to and from Fiji.
  1. If you require a supporting letter to assist with your visa process, send an email to capp@cop23.com.fj

TRANSPORTATION

If arriving into Nausori Airport (Suva), taxi fare to Suva central is approximately F$35.00 If you wish to catch a taxi from Nadi Airport to Suva the fare will be around F$250.00.

Taxis are readily available in Suva and can easily be called/hailed. Fares from the conference venue to the city centre and/or nearby hotels should be less than F$5.00. Cash only is accepted.

MONEY EXCHANGE

Should you wish to convert any currency, main banks (ANZ, Westpac, BSP, BRED Bank) and other foreign exchange offices can be accessed over normal working hours from 9am to 3.30pm (5pmis the closure time for exchange offices). All bank ATMs  accept major credit cards.

FURTHER QUESTIONS:

For further information please contact capp@cop23.com.fj or call (+679) 3216761.