International Negotiations

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Government of Papua New Guinea's involvement in Climate Change - International

Papua New Guinea (PNG) has been a Party to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) since signing it at the UNCED in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in June 1992. The UNFCCC was ratified by the Government of Papua New Guinea (GoPNG) in April 1993. The signing and ratification of the UNFCCC by the GoPNG is a testimony of our strong commitment to fulfilling our obligations to the Convention. It also signifies the concerns that PNG has about the issues pertaining to the impacts of climate change affecting its people and their survival. An important pillar of this Climate Convention is the commitment, common but differentiated responsibilities, by all Parties to take the necessary steps and measures to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that would prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system. This is further strengthened and reflected by the commitment of all Parties to submit to the Conference of the Parties (COP) National Communication under Articles 4 and 12 of the Convention.

The Kyoto Protocol (KP), the only legal binding agreement by Parties to the UNFCCC to address the issue of climate, was setup immediately after the establishment of UNFCCC in 1992. Signed in Kyoto, Japan, in 1997, it commits developed country Parties to reduce their greenhouse emissions by 5% to their respective 1990 levels by 2012. However, this will now be superseded by the new Paris Agreement which PNG just recently signed in New York with 175 other countries. The agreement is aimed to include all countries, both developed and developing, to commit to carbon emissions reductions according to their own intentions and circumstances. PNG is the first country to submit its “Intended National Determined Contributions (INDCs) which covers the period before the Paris COP. The INDCs will serve as a target to be achieved as a Party to the new agreement beyond 2020.

The GoPNG has also gone ahead in embarking on a number of new initiatives aimed at supporting our commitment to the UNFCCC. These included mainstreaming climate change in our current national long term political vision, plans and strategies, namely the Vision 2050 and the National Strategic Plan 2010-2030. Furthermore, government’s strategy on climate change, the PNG Climate-Compatible Development Strategy, already identifies key priority areas to improve our economic growth whilst reducing greenhouse gas emissions and enhancing climate resilience. Another milestone is the establishment of the Climate Change and Development Authority (CCDA) now the Climate Change and Development Authority (CCDA) to facilitate and develop appropriate policies and where required, necessary legislation to address the issues relating to climate change.

International Negotiations and Meetings: The objective is to drive the international negotiations both under the international treaties as well as to conclude bilateral and/or multilateral negotiations to conclude bilateral or multilateral funding agreements on climate change for PNG. This program will be cross-Divisional and will require the OCCD to participate in ongoing global negotiations organized by the UNFCCC and its Kyoto Protocol. In addition the OCCD will also conduct bilateral and multilateral negotiations with selected development partners.

Activity 1:   Negotiations

  • UNFCCC Consultative Group of Experts (CGE)
  • UN-REDD Policy Board Meetings
  • JICA
  • PNGFA-JICA Project
  • International Cooperation
  • Germany
  • COP 20
  • Other technical training and Expert meetings

Activity 2:   International Work Program

  • Coordinate with Foreign Affairs on the establishment of a Sub-Working Group
  • Coordinate with Foreign Affairs on the drafting of a TOR
  • Attend all related regional Meetings
  • Attend to negotiate on all SBSTA and SBI Meetings
  • Coordinate with Foreign Affairs and UNFCCC on Country Submissions
  • Successful Coordination of Updates and Briefs

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Upcoming Events


  • Article 6 Workshop, Montreal, Canada February 21-25, 2017


  • 18th February – 3rd March 2017 First Senior Official Meeting – Vietnam
  • 18 – 19 February 2017 11th Emergency Preparedness Working Group Meeting

Bilateral/Multilateral/PIC Meetings


  • Climate Financing Workshop in Apia, Samoa March, 27, 2017


Bilateral/Multilateral/PIC Meetings

  • Sub-regional Workshop on Connectivity Development in the Southwest Pacific Region Port Moresby, 16 – 17 March 2017

  1. COP23 Workshop ( National Event) -September 05-06, 2017
  2. Pre-COP23 Meeting in Nadi, Fiji -October 17-18
  3. COP23 Meeting in Bonn, Germany -November 03-17, 2017

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