23/06/17

Climate Action Pacific Partnership Event

The inaugural Climate Action Pacific Partnership (CAPP) event will be held on 3 and 4 July at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva, Fiji. The event is 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 aim of the CAPP event is to bring together relevant stakeholders to promote the exchange of ideas, innovations, and solutions. It will seek 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.

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 agenda features interactive sessions with contributions from Pacific leaders, civil society and the private sector.

PLEASE NOTE: Registrations are closed and we are unfortunately at full capacity but you can watch the event live by following the livestream link below. 


Context

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 is organised under the mandate of the Fijian High-Level Champion and is 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 aim of the CAPP event is to bring 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 are to:

  1. identify transformative solutions and initiatives, including enabling mechanisms, to accelerate climate action;
  2. determine actions that can implement and improve current Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and adaptation plans;
  3. 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
  4. 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”.

Anticipated outcomes

At the end of the 2-day event, the following outcomes are anticipated:

  1. A ‘communique to accelerate climate action in the Pacific’ endorsed by all participants coming from the various sectors and agencies. The communique will capture the priority actions identified during the roundtable group sessions and plenary discussions and include actions to support the implementation and improvement of P-SIDS NDCs and National Adaptation Plans.
  2. Identification of priority short, medium and long term climate action initiatives and solutions. This will include a special focus on technological, financing and insurance initiatives.
Participants

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.

Event process

The event will feature:

  • opening comments from the incoming President of COP23, Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama, with responses from Pacific leaders, as well as introductory comments from Fiji’s High-Level Champion Minister Seruiratu.
  • an expert panel discussion on climate financing arrangements to support the implementation of climate actions in the Pacific;
  • presentations on innovative solutions and initiatives for transformative actions, and;
  • roundtable discussions to identify options for scaleable, transformational solutions capable of implementation before 2020.

The roundtables will focus on relevant elements in the natural systems and sustainable infrastructure themes identified in the Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action, as well as necessary financing, technology, and methods of implementation in the P-SIDS.

Relevant elements in the natural systems include agriculture and food security, the health of our oceans and clean water. Relevant elements in the area of sustainable infrastructure include renewable energy, sustainable transport and access to clean water.

The financing and technology roundtables will consider ways to assist each of these elements but also the improvements in financing and insurance required to urgently boost investment in adaptation to build resilience to the growing climate impacts in the Pacific region.

Discussions will be guided by the overarching need to help advance the implementation of the Paris Agreement, as well as to maximise alignment and integration with the relevant 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.

Funding partners

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