Pacific Waste Free Islands
20 February 2020 – PIDF Team Leader Programme Management Mark Borg and Programme Management Coordinator Nikhil Lal participated in the inaugural meeting of the Plastic Waste Free Islands Project, implemented by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) with financial support of the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad). The PIDF team emphasised the need to address the matter with urgency and ensure we have alternative and safe products in place before plastic bans are introduced, to find economically viable solutions and to involve the private sector at every step of the way as they will be the ones driving the transition.
Meeting with Fiji’s Permanent Secretary of Agriculture
11 February 2020 – A PIDF Programme team consisting of Team Leader Mark Borg, Coordinator Afsrin Ali and Intern Jordan Longworth visited the Permanent Secretary of the Fiji Ministry of Agriculture Mr Ritesh Dass and the Chief Economist Ms Sera Bose to share information on PIDF initiatives as well as explore areas of collaboration. Read more.
PIPSO Board meets to set new strategic focus
28 January 2020 – PIPSO Board Members, Staff and ILO representatives from over ten countries were part of the 2020 strategic review and planning meeting for the Pacific Islands Private Sector Organisation (PIPSO) at the Tanoa International Hotel in Nadi last week from 28 – 29 January 2020. The timely meeting was a result of a partnership between PIPSO and the International Labour Organisation (ILO) around their shared interests to support Employer and worker organisations, with PIPSO looking to strengthen their own organisation and support their own members – both as Employers and private sector.
Submission to Fiji Parliament Standing Committee on Kigali Amendment.
16 January 2020 – PIDF Secretary General Amb. Solo Mara and Team Leader Programme Management Mark Borg presented PIDF’s views and recommendations to the Fiji Parliament Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence in regards to the Parliament’s consideration of adopting and ratifying the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that deplete the Ozone Layer. The Standing Committee was represented by the Chair Hon. Alexander O’Connor, Hon. Dr. Salik Govind, Hon. Lenora Qereqeretabua, and Hon. Anare Jale. Read more.
PIPSO and PIDF talk on closer collaboration
10 January 2020 – Ambassador Solo Mara and Team Leader Programme Management Mark Borg met with PIPSO CEO Ms. Alisi Tuqa discussing how PIDF could support private sector better, concerning areas of sustainable transport, sustainable energy, building resilience & conservation.
The MCST is a unique program and approach to addressing the need for Pacific states to transition to low carbon transport pathways. It is a joint initiative of the Republic of the Marshall Islands and the University of the South Pacific. PIDF is a close collaborative partner of the MCST. Read more here.
We, the People of the Pacific Islands Development Forum, Striving to advance the sustainable and inclusive development of Pacific Island nations,
Dedicated to the goals of poverty eradication, environmental preservation and to addressing the challenges of the current anthropogenic climate change crisis;
Advocating for a paradigm shift to foster coherence between Climate Change mitigation and adaptation actions, environmental protection and resilience development;
All people on Earth depend directly or indirectly on the ocean and cryosphere. The global ocean covers 71% of the Earth surface and contains about 97% of the Earth’s water. The cryosphere refers to frozen components of the Earth system. Around 10% of Earth’s land area is covered by glaciers or ice sheets. The ocean and cryosphere support unique habitats, and are interconnected with other components of the climate system through global exchange of water, energy and carbon. The projected responses of the ocean and cryosphere to past and current human-induced greenhouse gas emissions and ongoing global warming include climate feedbacks, changes over decades to millennia that cannot be avoided, thresholds of abrupt change, and irreversibility. Download here.
IPCC Special Report on Climate Change, Desertification, Land Degradation, Sustainable Land Management, Food Security, and Greenhouse gas fluxes in Terrestrial Ecosystems (Summary for Policy Makers)
The land provides the “food, feed, fibre, fuel and freshwater” without which human society and its economy “could not exist”, the report says. This provision is under threat from rising global temperatures and “unprecedented” rates of land and freshwater exploitation in recent decades. Global warming, along with associated changes in rainfall patterns, has “altered the start and end of growing seasons, contributed to regional crop yield reductions, reduced freshwater availability, and put biodiversity under further stress and increased tree mortality”, the report notes. Climate change is magnifying the pressures that humans are already putting on the land. But climate change is itself in part a result of the way in which humans use land. “Enhancing food security and reducing malnutrition, whilst also halting and reversing desertification and land degradation, are fundamental societal challenges that are increasingly aggravated by the need to both adapt to and mitigate climate change impacts without compromising the non-material benefits of land.” Download here.
IPCC (2018) GLOBAL WARMING OF 1.5 °C: Summary for Policymakers – an IPCC special report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways, in the context of strengthening the global response to the threat of climate change, sustainable development, and efforts to eradicate poverty.
The report concludes that keeping temperature rise at 1.5 °C is still possible but urgent action to reduce emissions and extend carbon sinking habitats (forests, mangroves and sea-grass) is needed. The report supports the call of Pacific island nations that unless this action is taken, the world will need to face up to more serious consequences at a high cost in human lives and economic disruptions. Download here.
The Pacific Green Business Centre
The Private Sector and SDGs
The Pacific Green Business Centre aims to provide support to the Pacific Private Sector in designing and implementing strategies to make their businesses more sustainable while remaining profitable. It also aims to promote industries that support the Green/Blue Economy such as Sustainable Tourism, Organic Agriculture and Sustainable Forestry and Fisheries.
SDG 6 aims to ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all. The Private Sector needs to ensure it eliminates any dumping of waste or release of chemicals that could pollute fresh water sources. There is a need to also take steps to make efficient use of water and eliminate water wastage. Businesses involved with the sale of hardware need to provide affordable and good quality alternatives for materials used in improving water and sanitation infrastructure. The Private Sector could also consider devoting some of their Corporate Social Responsibility efforts to improving water ecosystems and the water and sanitation conditions of local communities.