Following successful regional dialogues for the Arab States & Africa (Tunisia) and Latin America and the Caribbean (Costa Rica), UNDP and partners launch third dialogue in Fiji to emphasize needs of small island developing states.

Nadi, Fiji – A regional dialogue in Fiji kicked off today to discuss how countries can turn their national climate plans, or ‘Nationally Determined Contributions’ (NDCs), into concrete actions. Shifting from ambition to action will allow Pacific Islands to adapt to the increasing challenges of climate change while contributing to the global goal of keeping temperature rise below the agreed-upon 2 degree threshold.

The dialogue, which is co-organized by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat, and the UNDP/UNEP Global Support Programme (GSP) for National Communications and Biennial Update Reports funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), will convene government representatives from the Pacific region and international organizations involved in NDC implementation planning.

“In 2015, UNDP and partners worked with governments to prepare their national climate plans for the Paris Agreement. This year, our focus is shifting to the practical details of implementing country climate plans, catalyzed by the early entry in force of the Paris Agreement and the Marrakech Action Proclamation reaffirming a unified political commitment from the highest levels to address climate change,” notes Yamil Bonduki, UNDP’s Team Leader for the Low Emission Capacity Building (LECB) Programme. “The linkage of climate action plans with national development priorities is key so that people can realize tangible benefits and climate actions can be sustained.”

Following similar dialogues in Latin America and Africa, the Pacific Islands dialogue will discuss recent negotiation outcomes, the status of NDCs in the region, and how NDC goals can effectively be translated into mitigation and adaptation actions while advancing sustainable development. This will also include discussions around NDC implementation planning, the strengthening of institutional arrangements, climate finance, and monitoring of progress toward NDC goals.

The dialogue will bring together government officials from 14 countries across the Pacific region. A two-day workshop on monitoring, reporting, and verification (MRV) hosted by the GSP and the governments of Australia and Singapore will follow on the heels of the NDC dialogue and will discuss the link between NDCs and existing monitoring and reporting efforts.

The 2016 series of Regional Dialogues on NDCs builds on previous dialogues hosted by UNDP and the UNFCCC Secretariat in the lead-up to the Paris Agreement. Those discussions saw UNDP and partners work with governments to develop their own climate plans according to their respective development priorities. The series of post-Paris dialogues will continue after Fiji with a dialogue for countries in Asia, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe, to be held in Istanbul, Turkey in February 2017.

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