The UN Secretary General’s Climate Summit in New York.
“You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words,” Greta Thunberg tells world leaders.
15 countries (Marshall Islands, Belize, Costa Rica, Denmark, Fiji, Grenada, Luxembourg, Monaco, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Saint Lucia, Sweden, Switzerland and Vanuatu) have committed to delivering new Paris Agreement targets by 2020 to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.
14 countries (Australia, Canada, Chile, Fiji, Ghana, Indonesia, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Namibia, Norway, Palau and Portugal) demand rapid decarbonisation of shipping to help limit temperature rise to 1.5°C.
Leading ports, banks, oil and shipping companies launched an initiative aiming to have ships and marine fuels with zero carbon emissions by 2030.
20 Sep. 2019 (Suva) PIDF Secretary General Mr François Martel delivers keynote address at the NIUPAWA Festival.
“Correctly, students around the world decided to take action in their own hands because adults, who should be responsible to ensure security and safety for this planet for future generations to enjoy, have dismally failed them. So today’s youth and children have gone on strike like so many of them have done on so many Fridays this year on their Friday School Strikes. The difference is that, this time around, they are joined by millions of adults and workers who are also concerned of the plight of this planet and are alarmed that if we do not change direction our civilisation and our very existence as a species are at risk.” Read more.
Just released: IPCC Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (Summary for Policy Makers)
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.
1. Ocean-based Renewable Energy
2. Ocean-based Transport
3. Coastal and Marine Ecosystems
4. Fisheries, Aquaculture, and Shifting Diets
5. Carbon Storage in the Seabed
PPCA is a global alliance of national and sub-national governments, businesses and organisations working to advance the transition away from unabated coal power generation. By joining the Alliance, members commit to the principles outlined in the Powering past Coal Alliance Declaration. From the Pacific members include Fiji, Marshall Islands, New Zealand, Niue, Tuvalu, Vanuatu and the Pacific Islands Development Forum. Other countries and organisations are encouraged to join. Download one page brief or read more on PPCA website.
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;
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.
SUVA, April 18 2019: University of Fiji, the Pacific Islands Development Forum and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights launched the Institute of Human Rights Research. The institute will help in advancing studies on human rights in the Pacific region and in advocating for the ultimate need to rigorously protect them. The Institute was formally established by the signing of an MOU between the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, The University of Fiji, and the Pacific Islands Development Forum. Read more.
NADI, July 1 2019: “The Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) has an objective to promote Green Towns, Villages and Islands in the Pacific in accordance with principles of the Green Economy, as key tools to build resilience of communities and protecting their human rights”. This was stated by PIDF Team Leader Programme Management, Mr. Mark Borg, to participants at the recently held 5th Pacific Urban Forum side- event in Nadi. The Side Event on “Human rights – a transformative framework for the achievement of SDG11 and the New Urban Agenda” was organised by the United Nations Human Rights Pacific-Office in partnership with PIDF featuring panellists from the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR), United Nations Migration (IOM), and PIDF Team Leader Programme Management, Mr. Mark Borg. Read more.
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.