French Polynesia will attend COP 26 in Scotland

Adaptation et résilience.
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26. as part ofI From 31 October to 12 November the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (CCUNCC – COP26), a small delegation from French Polynesia will travel to Glasgow, Scotland to participate in side events organized by the Pacific Islands Forum. FIP) and the Federation of Overseas Countries and Territories Affiliated to the European Union (OCTA).

It is composed of Manuel Terai, the representative of international, European and Pacific affairs, Nanihi Maison, head of the European Affairs Office, and Maurice Lau Poi Cheung, the head of the Pacific Office. Deputy Maina Sage will also be present as a member of the delegation to the Committee on Sustainable Development of the National Assembly.

“Although French Polynesia as a foreign collectivity is not a party to the CCUNCC, nor a signatory to the Paris Agreement, it is committed to reiterating (…) its international and regional commitment, as well as its actions of mitigation and adaptation. intends to implement at the regional level, such as the Energy Climate Plan and the Energy Transition Plan,” explains the country in a press release. “French Polynesia is actually directly concerned with these issues and was very active with countries in the Pacific during the preparation of COP 21 in Paris in 2015 to present the objective of limiting global warming to levels below 2 °C. and efforts are on to limit it to 1.5 °C compared to pre-industrial levels.”

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During this COP 26, major nations should present their financial commitments and their revised concrete action plans to strive for carbon neutrality.

Pacific island countries are the first victims of global warming while not the major emitters of greenhouse gases.

Customization and Flexibility

“Their climate action and their active diplomatic commitment (…) nonetheless give them the moral authority to request great nations to limit their use of fossil fuels and their carbon emissions”, urges the country.

French Polynesia will be held together with other members of the Pacific Islands Forum under the auspices of its President, Josiah Bainimarama, Prime Minister of Fiji, during a dialogue session on the region’s general climate priorities on Saturday, 6 November.

She will participate in a dialogue session between OCTA and the European Union on 9 November on the topic of adaptation and resilience.

The European Union, French Polynesia, New Caledonia and Wallis and Futuna agreed to mobilize the 2021–2027 regional allocation in support of potential actions for jobs and growth, while contributing to the objectives of economic diversification, resilience, and climate and environmental issues. has decided. and food self-sufficiency. “It will be necessary to promote, for example, agriculture, aquaculture and sustainable fishing systems, green technologies, circular economy as well as other economic activities that contribute to greening/blueness of the economy”, the country explains. which specifies that this regional program for 2021-2027 will be guided by lessons learned from previous regional programs as well as regional and international dynamics.

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