Suva, Fiji – Chair of the Pacific Small Island Developing States (PSIDS), and Fijian Prime Minister, Hon. Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama, officially launched the Strategy 2030 of the Regional Pacific NDC Hub on April 8, 2021. This long-term Strategy is the blueprint for Pacific climate action through its Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and is a product of robust consultation with Pacific Island Countries and key stakeholders.
Pacific NDCs embody country efforts in targeting sustainable actions to reduce national emissions and adapt to the impacts of climate change. The Strategy 2030 has been developed at the request of Pacific Island leaders and presents a pathway for partner countries to ensure implementation of their NDCs.
Launching the Strategy, Hon. Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama said the document is a key influencer for the shared prosperity and security of the Blue Pacific, mirroring the Paris Agreement processes and aligning with the sustainable development agendas of Pacific Island Countries.
“The Strategy elaborates specific priorities across four broad outcome areas with measurable results. The implementation of the proposed interventions in the Strategy will pose some challenges, but well-coordinated country support systems and informed decision-making, along with the support from the international community, can bring its goals within reach,” said Hon. Bainimarama.
The 10-year Strategy aims to improve NDC planning, policy, strategy, and legislation in Pacific Island Countries, strengthen the enabling environment for NDC implementation, accelerate NDC action on the ground through project/program implementation, and enhance NDC measurement, reporting and verification (MRV) for transparency of action.
Speaking virtually during the launch event, the Chair of the NDC Hub Steering Committee, Mr. Tutii Chilton, emphasized on the need for deepened collaboration between diverse stakeholders to realize the ambition of the Strategy 2030.
“With the special camaraderie with the German, Australian, New Zealand, and United Kingdom Governments who have been the financial backbone of the Hub since 2018, several country requests are being services by the Hub in its 14 partner countries, from development of NDC implementation roadmaps, NDC investment plans, and project pipelines, to building capacity for on-the-ground implementation of climate action projects,” said Mr. Chilton.
“In order to continue this tremendous progress and come to the future, deepened engagement and collaboration with donors, technical partners and the broader development community is critical for achieving the core objectives of the Strategy 2030”.
Mr. Chilton emphasized that Strategy 2030 provides the signal for new and additional resources for NDC implementation in the Pacific region “that tends to lose decades of development from climate-induced natural disasters, compounded further by the effects of COVID-19.”
NDC Hub Project Manager, Mr. Christian Görg, highlighted that “the Strategy draws on critical needs expressed by the Hub’s partner countries and has an all-round input from the Hub’s implementation partners, the Pacific Community (SPC), the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and other partners such as the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the NDC Partnership, as well as its donors.”
“It also builds upon the experiences of the Hub in the first two phases, our lessons learned and our best practices.”
With the vision of a sustainable, low-carbon, and climate resilient Pacific, Strategy 2030 is a testament that Pacific leadership on climate action is reaffirmed even as it navigates through the challenges of the global COVID-19 pandemic.
The Regional Pacific NDC Hub Strategy 2030 is available here: https://pacificndc.org/sites/default/files/2021-04/Strategy%202030.pdf