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Pacific Island Reps Produce Positive Discussions To Speed Up Climate Action

Pacific Island Reps  Produce Positive Discussions To Speed Up Climate Action
Attorney-General and Minister Responsible for Elections Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum. Photo: Rama
March 13
11:00 2018

The Third Regional Pacific Dialogue on Nationally Determined Contribution’s (NDC) and Consultations is an opportunity to support the implementations of more ambitious NDC actions throughout the Pacific.

More than 100 Pacific Island representatives were part of consultations on the Regional Pacific NDC Hub held at the Holiday Inn in Suva yesterday.

Acting Prime Minister and Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum officiating at the event yesterday, said the dialogue was launched at the COP23 negotiations last year.

During the dialogue there were plans to accelerate climate action through greater ambition in the NDC to reduce climate emissions and help vulnerable economies to adapt to climate impact.

“We all know that the full implementation of the Paris agreement is critical for the secure future of every person on earth,” Mr Sayed-Khaiyum.

“And we know that our success in our regards is tied to our progress in realising the 2030 Sustainable Development agenda.”

He said when the greater ambition of the NDC would be realised they would also accelerate towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) as these targets share inherent linkages with one another.

“We must continue to demand and deliver stronger NDCs to the global communities,” he said.

“That commitment and sense of urgency led Pacific members, leaders, civil society groups and the private sector in each country to make a united call for a regional facility to attract investment.

“This is to support the implementation of the Pacific NDCs of the climate action Pacific NDC conference held last year in Suva.

“We are proud to  have launched the regional NDC hub and grateful to join the global NDC partnership with the German, British and Australian governments and development partners to develop the hub and all countries present today.”

Mr Sayed-Kahiyum said Pacific representatives understood and have repeatedly pointed out on the global stage, that the Pacific contribute the least to the harmful emissions causing climate change, but continued to lose the most from the impact of climate change.

“This regional NDC facility allows us to share knowledge, experience and best practice that are tailored to the challenges the Pacific face and within our own nation,” Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.

The UNDP Pacific Office country director , Bakhodir Burkhanov said these discussions would generate valuable insights for NDC implementation and form the talanoa dialogue.

Mr Burkhanov said more than 100 Pacific representatives from streamline ministries, private sector organisations and civil societies were part of the gathering.

“This impressive turnout demonstrates the importance representatives have put in realising  the urgent purpose of the Paris Agreement and meeting the SDGs,” he said.

Edited by Percy Kean

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