Communicate to Cabinet and Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change information related to the implementation of this Convention.
The Government of Tonga acceded to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate (UNFCCC) Change in July 1998 and the Kyoto Protocol in January 2008. As a party to the said convention and protocol, Tonga is therefore obliged to prepare its National Communication Reports on Climate Change and then submit to the UNFCCC Secretariat and Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC. Tonga has successfully completed the implementation of both the Initial National Communication (INC) and Second National Communication (SNC) Projects as well as the preparation of both project reports. Cabinet, Tonga and the UNFCCC Secretariat, Bonn, Germany approved these reports in May 2005 (INC) and March 2012 (SNC). The milestones of the Second National Communication Project are the development of Tonga’s Joint National Action Plan on Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Management, 2010-2015 and the development approval of Tonga’s Third National Communication Project by GEF/UNDP, 2012. Tonga is the first country in the Pacific region to implement its Third National Communication (TNC) Project and its implementation commenced in May 2013. This project is a nationally executed project and duration for implementation is three years. The Ministry of Lands, Environment, Climate Change and Natural Resources is the National Executive Agency for this project. The activities under the TNC Project will be a continuation of, and an improvement of the work done under the Tonga SNC Project.