Climate change is bad for the Planet. What's bad for the planet is bad for business.
The Pacific island countries have been on the forefront of the battle against climate change. Our governments, organisations and leaders have invested a lot of effort in convincing the world to take action on this issue before it becomes too late. Like the canary in the mine, we were seeing first-hand what the impact of climate change was. Even though we were the least responsible for this problem, we were the first to suffer from its impacts. These hundreds of islands scattered over this vast ocean is home to people that have developed a resilience like which very few others have in the world. However this resilience is under severe strain today. For many generations we have been able to live our own ways of life while the rest of the world carried on with its own way, little knowing that they were slowly killing the planet while doing so. Today we can no longer ensure our continued existence unless the rest of the world changes its ways. We have no more time, our planet has no more time, the whole of humanity has no more time. We need to do the right thing now... all of us. The Private Sector can lead the way.


The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change releases much awaited 1.5ºC report.

The report finds that limting temperature to 1.5ºC  is still possible but the world must act now. Failure to act will have dire consequences. Human activities are estimated to have caused approximately 1.0°C of global warming above pre-industrial levels, with a likely range of 0.8°C to 1.2°C. Global warming is likely to reach 1.5°C between 2030 and 2052 if it continues to increase at the current rate. Climate-related risks for natural and human systems will be higher with global warming of 1.5°C and even higher with warming of 2°C. On land, impacts on biodiversity and ecosystems, including species loss and extinction, are projected to be lower at 1.5°C of global warming compared to 2°C. Limiting global warming to 1.5°C compared to 2°C is projected to lower the impacts on terrestrial, freshwater, and coastal ecosystems and to retain more of their services to humans. Limiting global warming to 1.5°C is projected to reduce risks to marine biodiversity, fisheries, and ecosystems, and their functions and services to humans. Climate-related risks to health, livelihoods, food security, water supply, human security, and economic growth are projected to increase with global warming of 1.5°C and increase further with 2°C. Pathways limiting global warming to 1.5°C with no or limited overshoot would require rapid and far-reaching transitions in energy, land, urban and infrastructure (including transport and buildings), and industrial systems. Estimates of the global emissions outcome of current nationally stated mitigation ambitions as submitted under the Paris Agreement would not limit global warming to 1.5°C..

IPCC Climate Change Report a wakeup call for nations.
“The findings of the recent IPCC Report is alarming especially for the many islands in the Pacific that are already facing the full brunt of climate change by living it every day, but it is reassuring to know that the united Pacific’s call for limiting global temperature rise to below 1.5 degrees is still achievable,” said the Pacific Islands Development Forum’s (PIDF) Secretary General, François Martel. Secretary General Martel highlighted that the report is quite clear in terms of inaction or delays by nations to reconsider their stand on emissions as this will lead to longer and more costly implementation strategies as climate change adaptation is no longer an option but a necessity now and that climate change mitigation is now the highest priority for the world. It will require political, economic, technological, social, and personal efforts as well as international cooperation on all levels to succeed.
India supports the solarisation of residences of Heads of State of PIDF Member Countries

SUVA, Wednesday 10 October 2018: The Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) has announced that the Government of India is supporting the solarisation of Head of State residences of PIDF member countries. Through the India-UN Development Partnership Fund operated by the United Nations Office of South-South Cooperation, it has made available USD 1 million for this initiative. The PIDF is implementing this initiative together with Solar Head of State (SHOS).

Interview with Mr. Shane Hussein, Fiji Airways General Manager Corporate Communications. 

Mr. Hussein said that the large scale vision of Fiji Airways’ actions is to be an organisation that leads by example and takes a principal role in championing conservation and improve the environmental impact of air travel in the region. On the issue of waste associated with air travel, he said that Fiji Airways was in the process of carrying out a complete inflight audit of onboard plastics and wastage. The results of this audit will drive a project which will aim to remove as much plastics onboard, find more sustainable solutions, recycle, upcycle, and reduce waste.

PIDF and UNOHCHR prepare tool to assist countries include Human Rights in their SDGs Voluntary National Reviews
The Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) and the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released a tool to assist countries in their reporting for the National Voluntary Reviews of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). There is a close link between human rights and the SDGs. In fact 156 of the 169 SDG targets have substantial linkages to human rights and labour standards. The Private Sector has an important role in meeting labour standards and improving work conditions. This tool is meant to help countries capture their progress in human rights as they report on progress made towards acghieving their SDGs.
Talanoa: Youth engagement for SDGs – A dialogue between PIDF, Youth Coalition & Commonwealth Youth Chair-Pacific.
The Talanoa on “Youth engagement for SDGs – A dialogue between PIDF, Youth Coalition and the Commonwealth Youth Chair-Pacific” took place in Fiji at the Secretariat of the Pacific Islands Development Forum on 31st August, 2018. The Talanoa acted as a platform for networking, knowledge sharing and initiating discussion on future ways of collaboration between PIDF and close to twenty two youth leaders of youth groups with diverse mandates such as Education and Arts, Economic Opportunities, Gender & Human Rights, Peace & Security, Health and Climate Change & Environment but with the common theme of working collaboratively towards the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals. The Youth Leaders also shared chronicles with the newly appointed Commonwealth Youth Chair for the Pacific.
Kiribati Greenpreneurs Week Promotes Development of Local Green Businesses

South Tarawa, Oct 10 – This week, experienced local business owners and people interested in starting businesses took part in Kiribati Greenpreneurs Week – an event aimed at cultivating development of local businesses and supporting them in addressing environmental or social issues as a core part of their business model. The first workshop, entitled “Jumpstart Your Green Business” and led by GGGI in partnership with the Pacific Green Business Centre, focused on supporting new entrepreneurs in developing business concepts and understanding principles of green business development.

Marshall Islands commits to going carbon-neutral by 2050

Marshall Islands published a its pathway for net zero emissions by 2050 that it called Tile Til Eo – “Lighting the Way” in Marshallese. The plan would slash emissions in the transport, energy and waste sectors and takes into account of the fact that one third of the country’s domestic emissions are from shipping. Marshallese President Hilda Heine said that Marshall Islands wanted to set a clear framework for progressing towards net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, as well as transitioning to an economy and society that is resilient and can adapt to the inevitable impacts of climate change.

Horizon to horizon - ClimateWorks releases a guide for Pacific countries

The guide is meant for Pacific island countries to support them in creating long term climate resilience, net zero emissions development and a sustainable future. The guide recognises that Pacific island countries are exposed to extreme weather events and significant climate impacts, have small, open economies, a narrow resource base and the challenges of geographic remoteness. Any workable Pacific low-emissions pathway needs to deliver multiple solutions through a more holistic approach. The guide offers help in developing an integrated strategy to design and implement a mid-century low emissions pathway that also supports poverty reduction, climate resilience and other sustainable development objectives.

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SDG 5 aims to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls. The healthiest economies are those that do not ignore the productivity of half the population, their women's productivity, whether this productivity is expressed at a place of work or at home. Empowering women and breaking down the legal, economic, and social barriers that hinder women’s participation in countries’ development enables us to fight injustice and inequality and creates an environment where all citizens can thrive and contribute to their fullest potential .This is certainly one SDG where the private sector could play a prominent part. The private sector needs to:

•  support the principle of equal pay for equal work;

• encourage more workforce diversity and remove any discrimination against women in recruitment and promotion opportunities;

•  ensure gender balance on boards that make recruitment and promotion decisions;

•  support the right for parental leave by giving parents paid leave on birth of a child;

•  provide nursery facilities at work for working mothers who need to attend to their babies' needs;

•  develop gender-sensitive policies, including flexible hours or, where the work allows, possibility to work from home when parents need to be with unwell children;

•  ensure a safe environment for workers by having a sexual harassment policy and taking appropriate action if there are cases of sexual harassment at the work place;

•  ensure that marketing and advertising campaigns do not objectify men or women; and

•  contribute equally to women empowerment initiatives as part of Corporate Social Responsibility(CSR)

 

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