The Focal Points of the Regional Pacific NDC Hub from the 14 Pacific Island countries met virtually on 12 August 2021 and agreed that the executives serving in the Steering Committee of the NDC Hub continue with their respective roles for another year.
This was after a proposal was put forward to the Focal Points by the Hub Secretariat.
The term of the existing Steering Committee would have ended in February 2022 but with the extension approved by the Hub Focal Points, the term would end in August 2022.
In welcoming the decision by the Focal Points, Christian Goerg, the Project Manager of the NDC Hub said, “the decision by the Hub Focal Points to extend the term of the Steering Committee members is critical for ensuring a smooth transition of work into the new phase that is being planned by the Hub Secretariat.”
He added that the NDC Hub is demand driven and led by the Pacific Island countries and the extension of term of the executives driving the work of the Hub, is a demonstration of commitment to strong and sustained leadership for climate action in the region.
The NDC Hub is a regional multi-partner platform mandated by Pacific leaders and owned by the Pacific Island countries to support the full implementation of nationally determined contributions under the Paris Agreement. Envisioned at the inaugural Climate Action Pacific Partnership conference in 2017 and launched at the 23rd Conference of Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP23) later in year, the Regional Pacific NDC Hub became operational in 2018 with initial funding support from the governments of Germany, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. The Hub supports 14 Pacific Island countries: Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.
Current Steering Committee members of the NDC Hub include representatives from Fiji (as host country) and three other representatives from the sub-regions.
Mr. Tutii Chilton, Executive Director of the Palau Energy Administration continues as the current chair of the Hub Steering Committee. Mr. Chilton is supported by his fellow representatives, Mr. Hudson Kauhiona (SoIomon Islands) from Melanesia, Ms. Luisa Tuiafitu-Malolo (Tonga) from Polynesia, and Ms. Jeanette Mani (Fiji) as the host country.