Talanoa for Ambition
The Fijian Presidency has launched the Talanoa Stories to share examples of the innovative and inspiring action that is taking place on the ground to combat global warming.
The campaign calls on all friends of the Talanoa Dialogue to use social media to share their own Talanoa stories in compelling and engaging ways. Learn more here.
For all interested in joining the campaign, simply download the Talanoa logo and share your story on social media using the #Talanoa4Ambition hashtag.
Below, you will find a selection of Fiji’s and others’ Talanoa stories, in no particular order. Many have been selected from Fiji’s formal submission to the Dialogue through the online Talanoa platform.
The Dialogue, which is led by Fiji and Poland, offers a unique and positive setting to share stories, which each respond to one of the three central questions which guide the Talanoa:
- Where are we now?
- Where do we want to go?
- How do we get there?
Talanoa Story #1
Fiji’s Green Bond
In October 2017, Fiji became the first emerging market to issue a sovereign green bond, raising 100 million Fijian dollars, or US$50 million, to support climate change mitigation and adaption.
Green bonds are fixed income, liquid financial instruments that are used to raise funds dedicated to climate-mitigation, adaptation, and other environment-friendly projects. This provides investors an attractive investment proposition as well as an opportunity to support environmentally sound projects.
Sub-national Climate Fund for Islands and Coastal Regions
In May, Fiji announced the partnership with Regions of Climate Action (R20) and Reunion Island to create the Sub-national Climate Fund (SnCF) for Islands and Coastal Regions (SnCF Islands). The initiative will create an investment fund to finance the development of green infrastructure projects in the Pacific including renewable energy, waste management, and municipal lighting.
The initiative will improve the lives of Pacific islanders by leveraging existing technologies that have low carbon emissions and are designed to meet the needs of the local populations. The projects will create local jobs, drive the economy, and reduce the overall impact of development on public health.
Talanoa Story #2
Talanoa Story #3
Banning Single-Use Plastics
Single-use plastic is posing a serious threat to our climate. Not only is it damaging the health of the world’s oceans, but its production also causes significant emissions of harmful greenhouse gases into our atmosphere.
That is why the Pacific is taking the lead in reducing the use of single-use plastic.
So far, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Niue and Fiji have all announced plans to ban single-use plastic bags.
Pacific Blue Carbon Initiative
At COP23 in Bonn, Germany, the governments of Fiji and Australia partnered to host the Pacific Blue Carbon Initiative: Promoting Coastal Ecosystems.
The Partnership focused on coastal blue carbon ecosystems (mangroves, saltmarshes and seagrasses) and offered an opportunity to highlight the importance of oceans and coastal ecosystems in the Pacific and the link between their health and the impacts of, and solutions to, climate change. Coastal blue carbon ecosystems contain more sequestered carbon per square metre than almost any other ecosystem. Yet they are among the most threatened ecosystems with significant losses occurring worldwide.