The European Union has reiterated its full commitment to helping Pacific island countries and territories cope with adverse impacts of climate change, at an inaugural event of the Climate Action Pacific Partnership held in Suva, Fiji, on 3-4 July.
The two-day event, organised in recognition of the need to support and strengthen the participation of Pacific Small Island Developing Sates (P-SIDS) in the global climate action agenda, brought together Pacific leaders and various relevant stakeholders from the public and private sectors to exchange ideas and solutions for stepping up climate action in the Pacific region.
Key recommendations from the event included mainstreaming of climate risk considerations and resilience across all policies and in public and private investment and financing strategies.
The EU also welcomed the adoption by Pacific leaders of a "Framework for Resilient Development in the Pacific (FRDP): an integrated approach to Climate Change and Disaster". The EU is firmly committed to its implementation and will support the development of innovative approaches for linking climate actions taken by the public and private sectors and by civil society.
The EU and the Pacific have a shared vision for a low-carbon climate-resilient future and the EU welcomes the commitment by all Pacific islands to continue to play a key role in global climate discussions. The EU and its Member States are firmly committed to swift and full implementation of the Paris Agreement on climate change, for which strong global alliances will be required.
The event was hosted by Fiji's Minister for Agriculture, Rural & Maritime Development & National Disaster Management Hon. Inia Seruiratu, one of two 'High Level Champions' appointed under the Paris Agreement to facilitate partnerships between state and non-state actors on climate change.
The government of Fiji will host the next annual UN climate change negotiations - the 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP23) - in Bonn, Germany, on 6-17 November 2017. The EU will push for an ambitious outcome at COP23, needed to prepare for the Facilitative Dialogue in 2018.