New hub to help Pacific countries meet climate commitments opens in Fiji

An initiative to help Pacific countries meet their global climate commitments has opened its headquarters in Fiji reports RNZ Pacific.



The regional Nationally Determined Contributions Hub, originally conceived in 2017, has become central to the region's efforts to lead the world in curbing carbon emissions and building climate resilience.


It supports 15 Pacific countries and is administered by the German development agency GIZ in partnership with the Pacific Community, which hosts the facility, the Pacific Regional Environment Programme and the Global Green Growth Institute.


The Hub's project manager Friederike Eppen said many Pacific countries had made bold commitments to reduce their carbon emissions and their job was to try and advance those ambitions.


"For example, Marshall Islands has announced [it wants] to be net zero by 2050 and they have the biggest contribution of greenhouse gas emissions in the energy and power sector in the carbon sea transport sector so we are supporting them with drawing up some strategies."


Ms Eppen said most Pacific countries had small governments and did not have the capacity that larger industrialised nations had to respond in a timely manner to commitments under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).


"We would like to bring the voice out that the Pacific Islands countries are climate leaders internationally and that means they also have to be able to report in a timely manner on the UNFCCC processes," Ms Eppen said.


At the opening of the hub Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama said the only path to net zero emission in the region is the path by which Pacific people walk hand in hand.



“This hub was born from that recognition that regional cooperation is essential to progress.


"Pacific people are suffering daily from the climate crisis but this problem extends far beyond any of our boarders - it is a global emergency, its consequences impact every person on the planet and every nation must act decisively to stave off catastrophe."