Papua New Guinea validates its enhanced NDC

Papua New Guinea’s (PNG) Enhanced 2020 National Determined Contributions (NDC) was presented to stakeholders during the validation workshop held at the Lamana Hotel on Friday 27th November. The validation workshop was coordinated through the Climate Change and Development Authority (CCDA) with support from the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) and NDC Partnership. High-level delegations from various organizations including UNDP, FAO, CEPA, CCDA, JICA, USAID, and DFAT attended the validation workshop.

As a Party to the Paris Agreement, PNG is guided by Article 4.2 which states that “Each Party shall prepare, communicate and maintain successive nationally determined contributions that it intends to achieve. Parties shall pursue domestic mitigation measures, with the aim of achieving the objectives of such contributions.”

PNG’s 2020 Enhanced NDC focuses on reducing its greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions in two major sectors of Energy and Agriculture, Forestry, and Other Land Use Change. The NDC also captures PNG’s Adaptation Action statues and identifies the priority areas for future adaptation actions and support needs.

The NDC Implementation Plan and NDC Implementation memorandum of understanding were also shared during the workshop.

The consultation process played a critical role in the review of the Enhanced 2020 NDC as stakeholders were able to contribute effectively to the document review to set out sector priorities and targets.

Mr. Ruel Yamuna, Managing Director of CCDA said “despite the setbacks and challenges faced in 2020, the power of partnership is very evident and acknowledged.  We thank the efforts of all the Partners in all sectors. Being a small Island state in the Pacific with a minimal amount of GHG emissions, PNG still has a duty as a global member to adhere to Article 2 of the Paris Agreement’. On the Domestic front, CCDA is also working with other government agencies such as the Department of Finance, Treasury, and Customs plus others to impose climate fees and levies. This is a domestic finance mechanism to assist PNG implement its commitments under the Paris Agreement. Those charges will be rolled out on the 4th of January 2021″.

Dr. Achala Abeysinghe, Country Representative of Global Green Growth Institute in PNG, delivering her opening remarks reemphasized GGGI’s commitment to support PNG’s rapid transition to a strong, inclusive and resilient green growth model through this enhanced NDC as well as the SDG13.

Mr. Alfred Rungol, PNG NDC National Focal point said that validating sectoral targets prepares PNG to contribute its effort to combat and reduce GHG emissions in the mitigation sector and encourage resilience in the adaptation sector. He mentioned that this NDC is another milestone achieved by the country to demonstrate to the global community the national ambitions on climate actions under the Paris Agreement.

After the validation process, a submission will be made to the National Executive Council (NEC) on 9th December followed by a submission to the UNFCCC on 16th December 2020.

Local GGGI communications contact
Dr. Achala Abeysinghe, Country Representative, Papua New Guinea