Fiji and the Republic of Marshall Islands are the first two countries to signal their unreserved intention to raise the ambition of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) by 2020.

This announcement was made by the Fijian Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama at the One Planet Summit in New York.

Prime Minister Bainimarama said Fiji will be engaging all sectors of the economy to prepare a long-term decarbonisation strategy for net-zero emissions by 2050, which will inform the preparation of the new NDC.

“This means that Fiji’s NDC will no longer cover just the energy sector, but potentially other critical sectors such as land transport, maritime transport, domestic aviation, waste, agriculture and forestry.”

“As part of this comprehensive, whole-of-economy approach, we have identified the potential evolution of these sectors in business-as-usual, high-ambition, and very-high-ambition scenarios.”

This commitment will include identifying feasible low-carbon development options that have the potential to reduce carbon emissions, enhance carbon sinks and build resilience.

He said Fiji will announce the full details of this strategy at COP24.

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