International negotiations

COP23 held in Bonn, Germany (Photo Credit: UNclimatechange, Recognition Ceremony for UN Volunteers supporting COP 23 in Bonn)

PIFS has been providing support to Member countries, through the One CROP team led by SPREP, to have a strong voice in the UNFCCC negotiations on climate change and climate finance at the Conference of Parties (COP) negotiations, preparatory meetings as well as other international meetings. This includes providing technical and advisory support to FICs during climate change negotiations, papers to Leaders’ meetings for their discussion and decisions; negotiations support on climate finance to FICs during mid-year inter-sessional and annual COP meetings as part of the One CROP team; and preparatory support to PICs through Pre-COP meetings.

For 2020 and beyond, PIFS is aiming to work closely with SPREP and the One CROP team as well as with FICs to strengthen the region’s political approach and participation at COP 26 and beyond to advance key priorities including enhanced nationally determined contributions (NDCs), mid-century low emission development strategies, ease of access to climate finance, financing for loss and damage, ocean-climate nexus etc.

Outcomes:

  • Leaders’ endorsement of the Kainaki II Declaration for Urgent Climate Change Action Now for COP 25 and UNSG Climate Action Summit. The 10 calls form the basis of the Forum’s international engagement and advocacy.
  • One CROP plus lead support on climate finance in the UNFCCC process.
  • Successfully hosted the Kainaki II to COP 26 – Pacific Islands Forum High-Level Roundtable on Urgent Climate Change Action’ with Forum Dialogue Partners in December 2020 to mark the fifth anniversary of the Paris Agreement.  The Forum urges legacy moment for Pacific and Dialogue partners on urgent climate change action.

Activities:

  • Preparations are underway towards COP26 (building on the Kainaki II Declaration and response to FFMM 2020 decisions) through the One CROP Plus Team. A concept is being developed by the One CROP+ team for COP26 Political Climate Champions. Similarly, there is work to launch a PIF SG’s Youth Advisory Group on Climate Action.

Partners

Supported by One CROP plus Team and International partners.

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