The Enhanced PNG NDC, for 2020 Submission Inception Workshop

Papua New Guinea’s Nationally Determine Contributions (NDC) inception workshop, “The Inception Workshop for the Enhanced PNG NDC for the 2020 submission” was held on the 4th of September 2020, at the Hilton Hotel, Port Moresby.

The workshop was officiated by His Excellency Honorable Wera Mori, Minister for Environment, Conservation and Climate Change of Papua New Guinea, proudly supported by Mr. Ruel Yamuna, Climate Change and Development Authority Managing Director and Mr. Edward Vrkic, UNDP Deputy Resident Representative in Papua New Guinea.

In attendance were stakeholders from relevant sectors of the government, civil society, private sector, academia and development partners involved in related NDC activities with the objective to strengthen their understanding on the revision of Papua New Guinea’s Nationally Determined Contributions, also known as the Climate Action Plan.

The Nationally Determined Contributions is a key milestone towards describing the country’s commitments to reduce the Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHG) under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

This was also embedded in the Paris Climate Agreement under Article 4 which requires each Party to prepare, communicate and maintain successive nationally determined contributions (NDCs) that it intends to achieve, adapt to the impacts of climate change and pursue domestic mitigation measures.

Climate Change is identified to be one of the greatest issues that threatens Papua New Guinea’s national development. A collaborative effort by all is considered one of the major actions in contributing to the global effort.

Honourable Mr. Wera Mori, Minister for Environment, Conservation and Climate Change of Papua New Guinea commended the Climate Change and Development Authority’s actions in immediately taking the initiative in revising the NDC by coordinating a zero draft of the NDC. He thanked all stakeholders and urged their support in revising the NDC as it is aimed in promoting sustainable development and delivering on government priorities.

The Climate Change and Development Authority Managing Director, Mr. Ruel Yamuna, said it was a timely effort as the revision of the NDC provided the opportunity in aligning policies and actions that would lead to creating a transformative change given that climate action is at the top of the global agenda.

Under the Paris Agreement, NDCs must be submitted every five years and are required in 2020, 2025 and 2030. They should be submitted in advance of the UNFCCC Conference of Parties (COP) meetings to allow for global synthesis and additional action to be taken to increase ambition.

Each successive NDC is intended to represent a progression beyond the previous NDC and reflect the highest possible ambition, given each Party’s specific national circumstances.

The Climate Change and Development Authority (CCDA), as the lead government agency coordinating climate change in the country, strives to coordinate this process through strengthening collaboration with relevant government agencies, private sector, civil society and development partners in Papua New Guinea.