Papua New Guinea progresses with its second iteration of its Nationally Determined Contributions under the 2015 Paris Agreement on Climate Change
Papua New Guinea is one of over 150 countries to have signed the Paris Agreement expressing its commitment to address Climate Change.
Under this Agreement, the international community has committed to reduce Green House Gas emissions and pursue a range of adaptation measures, among them promoting ‘green’ energy. Consistent with this Agreement, Papua New Guinea is required to state how it will meet such targets. These are expressed as Nationally Determined Contributions or NDCs which are a list of actions that the country intends to pursue to achieve, adapt and mitigate against the impacts of climate change.
A Technical Working Committee (TWC), comprising representatives from UNDP, Climate Change and Development Authority experts and other development partners participated in a three-day session from 29 June to 1 July to review Papua New Guinea’s current NDCs.
Papua New Guinea’s NDC National Focal Point, Mr. Alfred Rungol, said, “This session was very timely. It has facilitated better coordination among Government and other other stakeholders to assist the Climate Change and Development Authority revise the NDCs and realign them with national development policies and the Sustainable Development Goals.
UNDP’s Resident Representative Mr. Dirk Wagener said, “UNDP has been a principle and longstanding development partner and will continue to support the Government of Papua New Guinea to build capacity to fight climate change.”
Such efforts are being supported under UNDP’s global Climate Promise initiative that is assisting countries review and revised their climate response efforts.
UNDP supports Government deliver innovative conservation financing solutions
Papua New Guinea’s biodiversity is unique. It faces however many challenges, among them, how to best ensure sustainable financing for conservation efforts.
Such efforts to address this have begun. UNDP, working in close partnership with Government’s Conservation and Environmental Protection Authority is rolling out a series of initiatives to achieve this. These include efforts to establish a sustainable national conservation financing mechanism to support protected areas.
As part of this initiative, UNDP and the Conservation and Environmental Protection Authority are working with a range of Provincial Governments. As a first step, work has commenced on developing Indigenous Peoples Plans, Gender Analysis and Action Plans and Social and Environmental Safeguards’ assessments.
This month, work continued in Madang where technical experts worked with the Madang Provincial Government, Local Governments, District Development Authorities, the private sector, not-for profit organisations and local communities in the proposed Wanang Community Conservation Area to map out sustainable financing options.
The UNDP Sustainable Financing team also met with the Madang Provincial Government and local communities along Project sites in the Bismark Range forest corridor. UNDP and Government are collaborating to extend the Government of Papua New Guinea’s ability to fulfill its protected area mandate and implement the national protected area policy, an initiative also proudly supported by UNDP.