Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs
New Zealand and Japan will cooperate to ensure the success of the Pacific Climate Change Centre in Samoa, Foreign Minister Winston Peters has announced.
“New Zealand is committed to supporting climate change action across the Pacific and we see the Pacific Climate Change Centre as a key regional institution,” Mr Peters said.
During May’s Pacific Island Leaders Meeting in Japan, Foreign Minister Peters and Japanese Foreign Minister Tarō Kōno confirmed their countries’ strong commitment to strengthening coordination and cooperation in the Pacific Islands region.
“We are pleased to cooperate with the Government of Japan on the development of this key regional institution,” Mr Peters said.
“The Climate Change Centre will contribute to efforts to address the needs of Pacific Island Countries to combat the impacts of climate change over the coming decades.”
The Pacific Climate Change Centre is being built on the headquarters of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community Environment Programme (SPREP) in Apia, Samoa.
“New Zealand is pleased to be contributing up to NZ$3 million for the Climate Change Centre. This builds on Japan’s significant support,” Mr Peters said.
“We recognise that partnership is vital to development success and are look forward to cooperating with Japan on this project over the coming years.”
The PCCC is expected to open in mid-2019, and will be a pre-eminent regional hub and centre of excellence for climate change issues. It will provide training, facilitate research, and coordinate regional actions on climate change issues.
Note to Editors:
- The Pacific Climate Centre (PCCC) will be a shared regional facility for addressing the impacts of climate change around the region. It will focus on supporting priority adaptation and mitigation priorities of Pacific island countries and territories, and will function as a centre of excellence, a training hub, and a knowledge distributor on a variety of climate change issues. The PCCC will complement existing regional mechanisms on climate change and integrated disaster risk management
- The Centre is currently under construction at the Apia campus of SPREP. It will be closely linked to SPREP but will function as a standalone institution. The construction of the Centre is funded by the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA), through grant funding to the Government of Samoa. The total cost of construction is expected to be around USD $ 8 million dollars.
- New Zealand will cooperate with Japan to develop complementary support for the PCCC. The package of support is under development but will be focused on supporting the human resourcing of the Centre and ensuring that it will function efficiently and effectively.
- This announcement follows the commitment of Foreign Minister Peters and Japanese Foreign Minister Kōno to strength coordination and cooperation in the Pacific.