Dear SPREP Members and Partners,
This year’s Pacific Climate Change Roundtable (PCCR) meeting will be hosted in Apia, Samoa from 12 to 14 May, 2015. We are pleased to acknowledge the support of our partners of inter-governmental regional organisations and development partners, and the generous financial support of Switzerland. A closed preparatory meeting for the UNFCCC negotiations in June will also be held for the Pacific Island Countries on 15 May, 2015.
The PCCR is a bi-annual meeting of regional and national governments, organisations and donors
involved in climate change activities in the Pacific region. It is the premier forum in our region to share ideas on climate change and to ensure coordination in support of Pacific Island Countries and
Territories (PICTs) efforts on climate change.
The main objectives of the 2015 PCCR will be to:
- update the region on the latest climate change science and climate change finance issues and their implications for the region and the FCCC negotiations;
- review the implementation of the Pacific Islands Framework for Action on Climate Change (PIFACC) against agreed indicators provided in its M&E framework;
- facilitate and provide mechanisms for strengthening networking, partnerships and collaborations among Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICTs) and their partners in the area of climate change as a cross cutting area impacting on sustainable development in the region; and
- a session on the new Strategy for Climate and Disaster Resilient Development Plan (SRDP)
The 2015 PCCR is a very crucial platform as it will determine overall progress, and consider how the combined PIFACC and the Regional Disaster Risk Management Framework for Action (RDRM) into the Strategy for Climate and Disaster Resilient Development Plan (SRDP) will be implemented by the climate change community. This single regional strategy will encompass all climate change and natural disaster issues from 2015 onwards, when both PIFACC and RDRM expire.
The PCCR will also provide Pacific Island Countries delegations to the Paris Conference of the Parties with further relevant information to guide their decision making. It will also guide requests to development partners, including the financial mechanism of the United Nations Framework Convention for Climate Change (UNFCCC) in terms of emerging issues or trends. The PCCR will identify emerging gaps requiring priority action and make adjustments to existing activities to accommodate priorities in future. The regional organisations will, where necessary, provide support and a coordinating role for regional and international reporting.
All information relating to the PCCR as it becomes available, will be posted on the Pacific Climate
Change Portal website at www.pacificclimatechange.net/index.php/pccr . The venue in Samoa will be communicated once confirmed and a draft agenda is attached.
We welcome all of our focal points and partners to this key regional climate change meeting. The SPREP focal points for the PCCR are the Director of Climate Change, Dr. Netatua Pelesikoti
and the Climate Change Adviser, Mr. Espen Ronneberg
. Please contact them directly for further information and/or assistance.
We welcome you to Samoa and look forward to your participation in the 2015 Pacific Climate Roundtable.