26-27 July, Leaders of Pacific SIDs including Samoa met in Suva, Fiji for the Second Climate Action Partnership Program, to review outcomes of the Climate Change Conference of the Parties in Bonn (COP23) 2017 to prepare for COP 24 in Poland 2018. Australia, New Zealand and the territories were also invited and contributed during informal sessions. Fiji holding the Presidency of the COP23 continues to hold regional dialogue to harness a common coordinated voice to regional priorities endorsed.
Leading up to the Leaders Talanoa Dialogue, there was the Senior Officials Meeting, the Pacific National Determined Contribution (NDC) Meeting and the Global Employers Climate Action Forum. These sessions were designed and scheduled to inform the Leaders Talanoa Dialogue of “where are we”, “where we are going” and “how we are going to get there”.
Critical outcomes of COP23 for the region saw the inclusion of the Gender Action Plan and the Koronivia Initiative for Resilient Agriculture Development, which are milestones to be recognized. In addition, the developments of action of partnership were critical platforms for regional collaboration to sustain collective responsibility to have our priorities heard and acted on. The Pacific NDC Hub to canvass and harness efforts to meet targets has been established with the offices to be setup with SPC in Fiji and SPREP in Samoa.