Pacific Countries Meet in Suva to Discuss More Ambitious NDCs

Pacific Island Countries launched a three-day meeting in Fiji today to share experiences to help them achieve maximum ambition in implementing and improving their national climate commitments, know as Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).

Fiji’s Minister Responsible for Climate Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum officially opened the 3rd Pacific Regional Dialogue on Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and Consultations on the Regional Pacific NDC Hub in Suva.

The Minister said both the Fijian Government and the COP23 Presidency were fully committed to supporting the implementation of more ambitious NDC action throughout the Pacific, and to helping the region continue its impressive legacy of leading the global efforts to confront the reality of climate change.

The meeting in Suva followed the launch of the Regional Pacific NDC Hub at COP23 in Bonn, Germany, to support the implementation of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) in the Pacific. One of the major announcements at the COP, the Hub will be based in Suva, Fiji, and will provide expertise for developing regional solutions to mitigate global warming and enhance efforts by Pacific islands to adapt to climate change.

The Hub is also a perfect example of the sort of story that can feed into the Talanoa Dialogue. The idea for the Dialogue is for Parties and non-Party stakeholders to share stories, ideas and information that the world can learn from, both in terms of what has worked and what hasn’t worked in the ongoing battle against climate change and achieve the long-term goal of the Paris Agreement, in particular the goal of limiting the rise in global temperature to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

The Minister highlighted the need to continue to demand and deliver even stronger NDCs from the global community because the current collective commitments set out in the international NDCs fall well short of what is needed.

“They have the world on track to a catastrophic warming of three degrees or even higher, which would devastate vulnerable nations and people around the world,” he said.

“When we realise greater ambition in our NDCs, we also accelerate our progress towards realising the sustainable development goals, as these targets share inherent linkages with one another. So it is in everyone’s interest that we pursue more ambitious NDC action in the Pacific and that we encourage that same spirit of ambition and commitment everywhere else in the world,” the Minister said.