The European Union (EU) and the German Government have signed a contract to provide funding support to the Regional Pacific NDC Hub for their work during the third phase of implementation in the region.
The funding which amounts to FJD 7.6million (EU contribution FJD 7.2million and German Contribution FJD 0.4million) is scheduled from 2023 through to 2024.
Speaking at the signature ceremony, the Ambassador of the European Union for the Pacific, His Excellency Sujiro Seam said, “Climate change is the most existential threat for the Pacific and the overarching priority for the European Union in this region.
With the NDC Hub, Team Europe (the European Union and Germany) joins forces with Australia and New Zealand and partners with GIZ, SPC, SPREP and GGGI to help Pacific Island Countries achieve their climate ambition.”
The German Ambassador to Fiji Nicole Menzenbach said that Germany and the EU attach great strategic importance to the Pacific region.
“We are delighted to continue our support to the Regional Pacific NDC Hub through the German International Cooperation Agency (GIZ), which has been working with the Pacific region since 1977.” Ambassador Menzenbach said.
“The work of the NDC Hub is critical in ensuring that the region’s needs are met in light of their commitments to the Paris Agreement,” she added.
Regional Pacific NDC Hub Project Manager Iris Cordelia-Rotzoll echoed the sentiments shared in thanking the European Union and the German Government for their support in the region.
“This significant support will help the Regional Pacific NDC Hub to address the needs expressed by our partners, the 14 Pacific Island Countries’ work in contribution to global climate action,” Rotzoll said.
Currently, the Regional Pacific NDC Hub receives financing from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), New Zealand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) and Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).