A Because the Ocean Secretariat team is travelling this week-end to Suva, Fiji to make the final arrangements for the third regional workshop “Incorporating the Ocean in Nationally Determined Contributions”, to be held at the Holiday Inn hotel in Suva 6-7 May 2019.
Some 12 countries have registered to be represented and participate, mostly representatives from Pacific Small Islands Developing States (or Great Ocean States, in contemporary terminology).
The workshop is organized by the Because the Ocean Initiative, in co-operation with the Ministry of Economy of Fiji, the Pacific Community (headquartered in Noumea, New Caledonia), the Ocean Pathway Partnership, and with support from the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation (FPA2), the International Coral Reefs Initiative (ICRI), the NDC Partnership, the Natural Resources Defence Council (NRDC), the Climate & Ocean Platform, and the Tara Foundation.
Little more than a week before the event, a Provisional Agenda and a Discussion Paper have been released. [It is expected that a few amendments to the agenda will be introduced in the course of next week, and posted on this website]
Click here to receive the agenda and programme
Click here to receive the Discussion Paper.
Representatives from the following governments have registered to take part in the two-days session: Chile (COP25 Presidency), Cook Islands, the European Commission, Fiji, Indonesia, Kiribati, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, Sweden, Vanuatu and Tuvalu. As well as experts from Climate Advisers, GIZ, GGIC, the Institute for Sustainable Futures (Australia), IUCN, the NDC Partnership, the Pacific Bond Project, the Pacific Community, Ocean Conservancy, UN FAO, the UNFCCC, and the University of the South Pacific.
The workshop will begin with a High-Level Opening Session with Fiji’s Attorney General Aivaz Sayed-Khaiyum, Minister for Justice, Economy, Civil Service, Communications and Public enterprises.
The Fiji regional workshop follows two other regional workshops on incorporating the ocean in Nationally Determined Contributions under the Paris Agreement, held respectively in Santiago, Chile (October 2018) and Madrid, Spain (April 2019).
Click here to download the report from the Latin American workshop held in Chile.
Click here to download the report from the European workshop held in Madrid.
If you would like to apply to attend the Opening Session and/or the workshop, please send an email to info[at]becausetheocean.org
[Outstanding image: © Stuart Chape]