Pacific Island States call for decisive climate change action

Regional conference in preparation of COP23 took place in Fiji with German support


The Pacific island states are already facing the challenges of climate change. Rising sea levels, cyclones, coral bleaching and increasingly irregular precipitation are having huge impacts on peoples’ lives in the region. In light of this, 300 high-level participants came together at an meeting of the Climate Action Pacific Partnership (CAPP) in Suva, Fiji on 3 and 4 July. The aim was to give greater prominence to the concerns of the small Pacific island states within the global climate agenda – with particular regard to the 23rd Conference of the Parties to the Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP23), to be held under the presidency of Fiji in Bonn in November this year.

The Prime Minister of Tuvalu, Enele Sosene Sopoaga, summed up the conference’s message as follows: "Climate change is threatening us all. We must stick together like a family, as inhabitants of planet Earth. We must sing the same song, with the same melody, and act together."

The event was organised by Fiji and financed by Germany, Australia and the Asian Development Bank. It sets the course for concerted action against climate change in the Pacific region.

Participants discussed transformative solutions and initiatives for accelerating the protection of the climate and adapting to climate change. These discussions included adaptation plans and the strengthening of the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) through, for instance, the NDC Partnership. Furthermore, participants called for an expansion of climate risk insurance, which Germany notably supports through the InsuResilience initiative.

The representatives from the small Pacific island states, Australia and the Asian Development Bank were joined by representatives from civil society – such as youth and women’s groups –, international development partners and the private sector. They contributed their expertise to the seven themes of the "Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action" initiated at COP22. The Marrakech Partnership particularly facilitates non-state contributions to implementing the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda. The Partnership supports solutions that are equally relevant for local communities and globally.

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