Pacific Nations challenging the dialogue on Climate Change at COP24

In 2018 in Katowice, Poland, world leaders assembled again to collectively decide on solutions to create a more resilient sustainable world.

Pacific nations continue push for climate finance


The United National Framework Convention on Climate Change 24th Conference of the Parties (COP24) was held in Katowice, Poland from 3 to 14 December 2018.


Thousands of delegates from countries around the world met to continue discussions around climate change, the Paris Agreement and the creation of a 'rule book' to ensure all nations are on track to meet the agreement.


Calls for more climate finance for developing countries


Traditional knowledge key to climate change adaptation

Traditional knowledge used by indigenous people to predict disasters and mitigate its impact should be adopted in large scale adaptation efforts, says a climate change postgraduate student at The University of the South Pacific in Suva, Fiji.

The student, Jovesa Tagivakatini, said traditional knowledge was “a credible avenue which government and authorities can use as a disaster risk reduction tool in awareness programs”.

Mr Tagivakatini said any source of knowledge to fight climate change was valuable.

Villagers finance climate change project

Local villages and communities in Fiji continue to be resilient in the face of climate change by self-funding environmental projects.

Samuela Kuridrani, 25, founded Fiji’s first community non-profit organization called “Kai Ni Cola”, which engages as many as 2,522 villagers of Namatakula, a coastal village on Fiji’s main island Viti Levu, in initiatives to combat the effects of climate change.

Pacific Summary - Green Climate Fund 21st Meeting of the Board

17 – 20 October 2018,

Manama, Bahrain



Approved projects - Pacific

The following projects were approved at B.21:

FP090: Tonga Renewable Energy Project under the Pacific Islands Renewable Energy Investment Program, Tonga (Accredited Entity – Asian Development Bank)

One Pacific, one chance

Megan Darby and Karl Mathiesen talk money. How is the issue of climate finance faring at Cop24? From the negotiating rooms, to the big funds, to the island of Niue.

Lead or sue? Pacific islands take twin tracks on climate change

Vanuatu becomes the first nation state to threaten oil majors with climate damages lawsuits, while the Marshall Islands submits updated climate plan to the UN.

GCF supports SIDS with financing energy storage

Technical and financial barriers have constrained the uptake of renewable energy in Tonga, resulting to a reliance on fossil fuels for more than 70% of electricity generation in 2018.

ADB Projects in Kiribati, Pakistan, and Tonga

The ADB has secured $108 million in funding from the Green Climate Fund for its climate change projects, shoring up the bank’s efforts to increase its climate financing for the Asia and Pacific region.

Understanding Risk Finance Pacific Forum

On October 16-19, policy-makers and experts from around the world will gather in Vanuatu for the Understanding Risk Finance Pacific Forum.

Adapting Fiji’s development strategy to climate change

In an effort to adapt the country’s development strategy to climate and disaster risk, the government of Fiji has since pioneered a first-of-its-kind climate vulnerability assessment.

Closing the climate finance gaps

Practitioners from around the world including Fiji, gathered in Berlin to share lessons and experiences from the past three years of work under the “GCF Readiness Programme”.

Cook Islands receives accreditation from Green Climate Fund

The Cook Islands can now access climate related finance of up to about US$50million per project directly from the Green Climate Fund.

Pacific regionalism, climate finance, and women in politics

During a recent trip to Port Vila, Tess Newton Cain caught up with Hon Ralph Regenvanu, Minister for Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and External Trade in the Vanuatu Government.

ACliFF Launch and the Future of Climate Finance in Asia

Launch of the Asia-Pacific Climate Finance Fund (ACliFF) and the Future of Climate Finance in Asia.

Vanuatu Government launches climate change finance review

The Government of Vanuatu has launched its climate change finance review.

GCF pledges ambitious response to IPCC alarm bell

The Green Climate Fund is working with developing countries to drive urgent action in response to the latest IPCC report on the science of climate change. 

Climate forum considers innovative finance, technology

A regional forum on climate change adaptation, co-hosted by the ADB, provided an opportunity to discuss innovative technology and financing to build resilience to disasters and climate adversities.

Climate finance is failing the most vulnerable

“Woefully inadequate” is how a new report from Caritas assesses the state of global funds reaching the most vulnerable people affected by climate change in the Pacific region.

Understanding Climate Finance to Turn the Tide on Climate Change

To address the impacts of changing climate, developing countries enhance their capacity to access and manage climate finance.

How Caribbean Islands Are Leading the Clean Energy Transformation

Caribbean countries have shifted the focus to address the root of the problem by transitioning from climate-polluting fossil fuels to clean, renewable energy.

Climate Finance by Development Banks Increased Nearly 30% in 2017

Climate financing by the world’s six largest multilateral development banks rose to a seven-year high of USD 35.2 billion in 2017.

The Marshall Islands makes call for climate finance at G7

The president of the Marshall Islands has called on leaders of the world's wealthiest democracies to free up access to sustainable climate finance.

Federated States of Micronesia commence climate change and disaster risk finance assessment

With a view to advancing their national climate change and disaster risk management priorities, stakeholders gathered to participate in the Introductory Workshop for the Federated States of Micronesia’s Climate Change and Disaster Risk Finance Assessment.

GCF Board approves over USD 1 billion in funding for climate mitigation and adaptation

The first Green Climate Fund (GCF) Board meeting of 2018 concluded today after approving 23 projects, valued together at USD 1,093.5 million of GCF funding.

Development bank climate funding jumped 28% in 2017

An increase of nearly 30 per cent on the previous year, boosting projects that help developing countries cut emissions and address climate risks.

Why is tiny Nauru getting $26.9m in climate finance

Nauru’s biggest donor Australia lobbied for a project that raises tough questions over how climate finance differs from traditional development aid. 

Bonn climate talks: key outcomes from the May 2018 UN climate conference

Over the past two weeks, diplomats in Germany, to discuss how to bring the Paris Agreement on climate change to life when it enters force in 2020.

Adaptation Fund Launches Pilot Initiative Providing Enhanced Support for Climate-Vulnerable Countries to Access Climate Finance

Adaptation Fund Launches Pilot Initiative Providing Enhanced Support for Climate-Vulnerable Countries to Access Climate Finance


“We must increase the pool of finance available for mitigation and adaptation” – COP23


Fiji Rural Electrification Fund

Inspired by Fiji's Presidency of COP23, the Fijian Government, with the support of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, will bring renewable energy to eligible rural communities.