Pacific Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) Hub Fully Operational Next Year
28 July 2018
The Pacific Nationally Determined Contributions Hub (Pacific NDC Hub) marked an important milestone during the Climate Action Pacific Partnership Conference. Representatives from ten Pacific Island Countries met on the margins of the event to make important decisions about the establishment of the hub, which will likely be fully operational next year.
So far, thirteen of the fourteen Pacific Island governments have nominated focal points for the hub, who have now agreed on the selection process for the steering committee.
“Climate change is a global challenge – and collective challenges require a collective response as it is having an outsized and immediate impact on the Pacific, even though the region’s contribution to greenhouse gasses is insignificant. Nonetheless, the Pacific region has shown in their NDCs they are ready to lead by example given the urgency” said Chair of the meeting Ulu Bismarck Crawley, Chief Executive Officer of Samoa’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment.
First envisaged at the Climate Action Pacific Partnership Conference in July 2017 and formally launched at COP23 by Fijian Prime Minister and COP23 President Frank Bainimarama, the Pacific NDC Hub is being established to help Pacific Island Countries implement and enhance their NDCs.
The Pacific NDC Hub is now moving from the design stage to the delivery stage and will be operational by early next year. Support for the Pacific NDC Hub within the Pacific community has been strong, but there is a recognition that further funding is required to fully service country needs. Countries have acknowledged the added value that the Pacific NDC Hub brings to the region and have urged for its operations to commence as soon as possible.
The overall objective of Pacific NDC Hub is for Pacific Island Countries to enhance and implement their NDCs, driving sustainable and resilient development and a transition to a low carbon development pathways. The NDC Hub will provide technical assistance and facilitate partnerships to enhance and implement the region’s NDCs.
The NDC Hub builds upon existing networks and mechanisms in the region. It contributes and aligns to national climate change policies and frameworks, including the Framework for Resilient Development in the Pacific and the Regional Technical Support Mechanism.
The Regional Pacific NDC Hub is a collaborative effort by Pacific Island Countries and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbiet (GIZ) GmbH, the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), the NDC Partnership Support Unit (NDCP SU), the Pacific Community (SPC), and the Secretariat for the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), with initial funding of 2.1 million Euros from the UK, Australia, and Germany.