British High Commission, Climate Change Ministry sign VT2.6M Funding Agreement

The Vanuatu Government, through the Ministry of Climate Change (MoCC) and the British Government, through its High Commission in Vanuatu, are working together on a project to strengthen Vanuatu’s engagement with the international climate change negotiations and its obligations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

The total funding commitment for the project is VT2.6 million.

On Friday October 1, 2021 the Director General (DG) of the MoCC, Esline Garaebiti Bule and Acting British High Commissioner, Paul Lawrence, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to support the project.

DG Bule expressed the government’s gratitude to the Acting British High Commissioner for recognizing the need to boost Vanuatu’s capacity in time, on the eve of the COP26 Summit.

The Acting British Commissioner, Mr. Laurence, said the British Government is hosting the COP26 meeting and it is only fitting for such assistance to be made to ensure Vanuatu meets its obligations.

The project, called “Strengthening Vanuatu’s Engagement with the International Climate Change Negotiations and its Obligations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change”, is part of the national preparations towards Vanuatu’s representation at the COP26 Summit that will take place in Glasgow, Scotland from November 1 – 12 this year.

Despite the COVID pandemic, Vanuatu as with other countries are keen to continue to build on from the 2020 climate action momentum.

Vanuatu will not attend physically this year due to the COVID-19 travel restrictions, but will use this opportunity through this project to build the capacity and negotiation skills of its delegates on climate change issues.

There are four expected outcomes from this project.

Firstly, the project will increase Vanuatu’s negotiation and representation capacity at the national and international levels.

The second expected outcome is for reporting obligations to the UNFCCC are effectively met.

The third expected outcome is the strengthening of the climate negotiation and representation capacity of Vanuatu at the regional and international level.

The fourth outcome is to ensure the general public’s awareness and knowledge are expanded about the country’s engagement in the UNFCC process, resulting in greater benefits to the nation.

The MoCC has already started the coordination efforts and steer implementation of the project with the support of numerous civil society, private sector, academia and development partner actors.

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