Forging a greener future: the Pacific Community and the Global Green Growth Institute join forces for Pacific climate resilience and growth

Suva, Fiji, 30th August 2023 – On the sidelines of the Regional Pacific NDC Hub focal points meeting, the Pacific Community (SPC) and the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) announce a new enhanced partnership to support Pacific Countries and Territories (PICTs) in shaping a sustainable future for the region. Leveraging the collective expertise and resources, this partnership comes as a response to pressing challenges faced by PICTs due to the climate emergency and other environmental threats.

With the goal of supporting the 2050 Strategy for the Blue Pacific, SPC and GGGI are both committed to ensuring a just economic transition, poverty reduction, social inclusion, and environmental sustainability. One of the primary focus areas of this partnership is the development of a green and blue economy in the Pacific, both vital for the survival and livelihood of people.

“Given that PICTs are composed of vast ocean states, it is essential to support the sustainable economic growth of its marine resources, as well as to promote clean energy and sustainable transport development. Through action on the ground, knowledge sharing, data collection and monitoring, evaluation and learning, SPC and GGGI will continue to support PICTs in enhancing their Nationally Determined Contributions and implementing their National Adaptation Plans for a resilient region of strong, inclusive, and sustainable growth”, says Pacific Regional Director of GGGI, Katerina Syngellakis.

The agreement encompasses the existing partnership of GGGI and SPC in the Pacific NDC Hub and also aims to unlock and accelerate access to climate finance for PICTs. Both entities are delivery partners of the Climate Finance Access Network (CFAN) in the Pacific – a dynamic initiative that provides practical solutions for accessing climate finance – with a network of CFAN advisors in the region.

“To achieve the objectives of the Paris Agreement and ambitious NDCs, Pacific Island Countries and a number of Territories require financial resources to enable a just transition and to protect their communities, resources, ecosystems and existence. Access to climate finance is a complex and capacity intensive process, and our collective capability and collaboration is required to maximise their access, delivery and required reporting.” Explains Coral Pasisi, Director of Climate Change and Sustainability at SPC.

SPC and GGGI will actively engage with key stakeholders such as governments, policymakers and local communities to ensure the effective implementation of joint activities. This approach will ensure that their efforts are aligned with the needs and aspirations of each one while enabling active participation in shaping a resilient Blue Pacific.

Katerina Syngellakis
Pacific Regional Director, GGGI

Maeva Tesan
ICKM Officer, SPC

About SPC:
The Pacific Community has been supporting sustainable development in the Pacific, through science, knowledge and innovation since 1947. It is the principal intergovernmental organisation in the region, owned and governed by its 27 member countries and territories.