Climate negotiators from PSIDS (Pacific Small Island Developing States), along with OneCROP Technical Advisers, convened in Samoa this week for a Pre-COP workshop. This workshop is a crucial step in preparing the Pacific region for the upcoming COP28 climate negotiations in UAE.
The participants are focusing on key regional priorities, including Loss and Damage, Climate Finance, Just Transition, Gender and Social Inclusion, Oceans, Mitigation and Adaptation. An important item for COP28 will be the first Global Stocktake, seen by many as the opportunity to ‘course correct” as the world struggles to meet the Paris Agreement 1.5oC temperature goal.
During the meeting, they received a message from the UNFCC Executive Secretary, Mr Simon Stiell, emphasizing the moral authority of Pacific Leaders in addressing climate change and the significance of their representation at COP28.
Delegates also had a virtual engagement with Ms. Hana Al Hashimi, a high-level representative from the COP28 President, who shared the priorities of the COP28 President and appreciated the active involvement of AOSIS, Pacific Leaders, and Ministers at the recent UNGA.
The workshop was organized by SPREP (Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme) with support from regional partners PIFS (Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat) and SPC (Pacific Community) –#ForumNews