Honolulu, HI (August 26, 2022)
In preparation for the COP-27 in Egypt November 6-18, 2022, the Pacific Article 6 Working Group (PA6WG) championed by the Republic of Palau met in Honolulu, HI August 24-26, 2022 at the Imin International Conference Center. Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Palau to the United Nations, Hon. Ilana Seid opened the meeting, along with Director of Climate Change and Resilience Programme (SPREP), Ms. Tagaloa Cooper-Halo. Ms. H. Gingerlei Porter, Director of Pacific International Training Desk welcomed participants to the University of Hawaii and offered support for the meeting throughout.
The PA6WG Honolulu was organized and supported by SPREP in partnership with Climate Analytics to further enhance Pacific Small Islands Developing States (SIDS) members’ knowledge and understanding of the Article 6 of the Paris Agreement (Glasgow COP) outcomes and their associated implications at the national level, and provide an opportunity to discuss unresolved issues in the negotiating process. Article 6 of the Paris Agreement includes guidance and rules for the implementation of Articles 6.2 and 6.4, addressing the use of market-based cooperative approaches in the implementation of National Determined Contributions (NDCs).
SIDS member countries include Cook Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, the Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu. This PA6WG Honolulu meeting aimed to support those countries most interested in engaging with Article 6 by offering a less formal space in which participants can take a deeper dive into specific Article 6 issues, raise questions, workshop ideas, discuss challenging issues that may arise or that have arisen, and present or discuss examples of Article 6.2 pilot initiatives in their regions or in other regions, or planned 6.4 or 6.8 activities. The workshop encouraged interaction and peer to peer learning.
Director of Pacific International Training Desk, H. Gingerlei Porter said we [Pacific Desk] are happy to have supported the PA6WG and especially for these conversations to be happening on our grounds. It reflects our ongoing collaboration and partnerships within the Region. We are hopeful that more and more of these conversations will occur on this side of the Pacific.