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Pacific gathers to Talanoa for greater resilience, urgency and ambition


SUVA, Fiji – July 25, 2018: 9.25am (COP23):  The second annual Climate Action Pacific Partnership Conference will officially kick off in Suva tomorrow, July 26, when Pacific leaders will join representatives from Pacific business, Pacific civil society, science and the global investment community to discuss how to strengthen the region’s resilience to the impacts of climate change and further reduce its already low carbon emissions.

The two-day CAPP event is part of a programme of activities of the High-Level Champions appointed under the Paris Agreement and is hosted once again by Fiji’s High-Level Champion, Minister Inia Seruiratu.

“Our ultimate objective with the CAPP is to help mobilise the partnerships and investment needed to accelerate climate action in the Pacific that not only increases our own resiliency, but also supports global efforts to keep the temperature increase to within 1.5 degrees Celsius and to achieve more resilient economies with net-zero carbon emissions as soon as possible,” said Minister Seruiratu.

This year’s CAPP will also host the Pacific leaders’ Talanoa, which will serve as the region’s contribution to the Talanoa Dialogue – a process being undertaken by the global community in 2018 to help countries implement and enhance their national climate commitments. The leaders will be joined by non-governmental representatives who will share ideas, innovations and experiences from the business, investment, civil society and scientific communities.

“This is a critical opportunity for the Pacific to send strong and unified messages about the need for greater resilience, ambition and urgency, both within our region, but also at the global level. We are very much looking forward to the exchange of ideas, innovations, and solutions – at the Talanoa and during the CAPP more broadly – that highlight the opportunities and challenges in regards to the action and investment we need to reach net-zero emissions as soon as possible, protect our ocean and strengthen the resilience of Pacific countries,” the Minister said.

CAPP 2018 will bring together around 300 participants from a broad array of sectors and organisations, coming from the Pacific region and internationally. Heads of Government in attendance will include the Presidents of Nauru and the Prime Ministers of Vanuatu, Tuvalu and the Cook Islands, with senior ministerial or government representation from other Pacific countries. Senior representatives from Australia, New Zealand and Canada will also be present.

The outcomes of these events, including from this CAPP Conference, will help guide the global political leaders’ Talanoa Dialogue at COP24, which will be co-chaired by Fiji and Poland.

The Partnership is organised under the umbrella of the Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action, the UNFCCC framework for global climate action.


NZ Minister’s ambitious message to Climate Change conference in Fiji

WELLINGTON (RNZI): New Zealand Minister for Climate Change says he will be reinforcing that urgency and ambition are needed regarding action on climate change as a Pacific conference gets underway tomorrow in Fiji.

James Shaw is attending the second Climate Action Pacific Partnership conference (CAPPII), over the next three days in Suva.

New Zealand Minister for Climate Change James Shaw

New Zealand Minister for Climate Change James Shaw

The CAPP was established in July 2017, as part of Fiji’s Presidency of the twenty third UN climate change conference of the parties (COP23). The CAPP is focused on accelerating climate action in the Pacific and supporting implementation of the Paris Agreement.

“At the conference I will be explaining the work that is happening here in New Zealand on climate change and sending the clear message that we, as Pacific nations, can show strength and leadership together on this issue.

“Speaking with young Pasifika representatives before leaving for Fiji, they told me Pacific island nations need the global community to take climate change seriously.

“They also explained to me that there are Pasifika entrepreneurs and innovators looking for new opportunities to get action on climate change happening, alongside government.

“In turn, I made clear to these representatives of the future that I will be pushing for ambitious global action to address climate change, including at this conference.

“Together we need to meet the Paris Agreement’s objective of keeping global warming well below 2 o Celsius, and pursue efforts to keep warming under 1.5 o if we are to have any chance of limiting things like sea level rise and ocean acidification.

“As one of the representatives said to me, Pacific island people are ‘We have a right to survive’, and that message will be guiding my work at the conference,” Shaw said.

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