MEDIA ADVISORY – Fiji and Marshall Islands Step Up and Announce Concrete Plans for Enhanced Climate Ambition at the One Planet Summit

Wednesday 26 September, 2018:  On the sidelines of the One Planet Summit 2018 in New York, Dr. Hilda C. Heine, President of the Republic of the Marshall Islands and Chair of the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) and Frank Bainimarama, Prime Minister of the Republic of Fiji and COP23 President, host a press conference setting the mark as the first countries to show the world concrete steps on the path of raised ambition of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). They will also call on the global community to follow their lead.

The Briefing:

Convening shortly after the Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS), and right before the Online CVF Summit in November, the One Planet Summit is a critical milestone on the road to the implementation of the Paris Agreement, which will then pass through the Talanoa Dialogue at COP24 and to the UN Secretary-General’s Summit in 2019. As high-level decision makers gather to review progress made in the implementation of the commitments announced at the first One Planet Summit and scale-up collaborative efforts to tackle the climate challenge, Fiji and the Marshall Islands take the lead and become the first countries to announce concrete steps to raise ambition of NDCs and call on the global community to follow their lead.

They will clearly demonstrate that the process is feasible despite limited resources strongly putting across the message: “If we can do it, so can you.”

Fiji will announce plans to enhance its NDC by next year and the Marshall Islands will highlight its new 2050 Strategy which provides a hook to enhance its own NDC. They will call upon other nations to follow suit in making the commitment to enhance their NDCs by 2020.

Both countries, particularly vulnerable to climate change, will build on the constructive role played by real economy actors, including sub-national governments, the private sector, and civil society, to inform the NDC process. They will specifically recognize the America’s Pledge initiative and NDC tool kit. Driven by real economy actors and front-running progressive leaders, momentum is building throughout key moments including the Talanoa Dialogue process, GCAS, which just closed in San Francisco, the CVF Virtual Climate Summit in November, the UN Conference in Poland (COP24) and to the UN Secretary General’s Climate Summit in 2019.


  • Hilda C. Heine, President of the Republic of the Marshall Islands and Chair of the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF)
  • Frank Bainimarama, Prime Minister of the Republic of Fiji and COP23 President


Wednesday 26 September, 3pm local time, New York, USA


Oak Room, Plaza Hotel – New York.

Media must be credentialed for the One Planet Summit to gain access to the facility.



About the Talanoa Dialogue:

For the first-time ever in the history of the UN Climate Change process, country representatives are gathering alongside non-governmental actors – such as businesses and cities – for the informal and inclusive Talanoa Dialogue. The Dialogue, which is led by Fiji and Poland, is global process requested by Parties to the UNFCCC to take stock of collective efforts to reduce emissions and build greater resilience, in line with the long-term goals of the Paris Agreement, and to support the preparation of updated or new Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). The Dialogue is based on the concept of talanoa, an open, honest and respectful process of dialogue used in the Pacific. More info at: www.talanoadialogue.com

About the Climate Vulnerable Forum:

The Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) is an international cooperation group for developing countries highly vulnerable to climate change. Since its foundation in 2009 the CVF has come to include 48 member states from Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America and the Pacific. In 2015, the Ministers of Finance of the Forum created a dedicated body named the Vulnerable Twenty Group, or V20, to promote economic and financial responses to climate change. The Forum has led the #1o5C campaign to limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, now a Paris Agreement Goal. The Marshall Islands exercises the 7th presidency of the Forum. More info at:www.thecvf.org & www.V-20.org


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