Pacific Islands Forum Programme Adviser for Resilient Development Finance, Karlos Moresi

By Pita Ligaiula at COP28 in Dubai, UAE

Pacific Islands Forum Programme Adviser for Resilient Development Finance, Karlos Moresi discussed the potential collaboration between the Pacific Islands Forum and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the context of resilience building and renewable energy transition.

Moresi emphasised the growing importance of forging partnerships for a just transition, highlighting the connection to the call for a fossil fuel-free Pacific made in Port Vila.

As Pacific nations seek alternatives to fossil fuels, renewable energy stands out as a viable option.

Moresi noted that while the UAE has been a major player in the fossil fuel industry, recent developments suggest a shift in focus toward alternative energy sources.

“The UAE, traditionally known for its significant role in fossil fuel production, has increasingly invested in technology and research related to renewable energy. It appears that the reality of transitioning away from fossil fuels has already set in, prompting them to explore and contribute to sustainable alternatives,” Moresi said in media interview in Dubai.

Acknowledging the UAE’s advancements in technology and research, Moresi pointed out the potential benefits of collaboration, citing the financial strength, research capabilities, and the availability of appropriate technologies.

He mentioned the harsh conditions faced by the UAE, both environmentally and economically, and stressed the importance of aligning with partners who understand and can address such challenges.

“We have much to gain by partnering with the UAE, not only in terms of financial resources but also in leveraging their research capabilities and adopting appropriate technologies for our unique conditions. However, it is crucial that Pacific Island countries maintain control and sovereignty in these partnerships,” Moresi emphasised.

Moresi is urging Pacific nations not only to accept financial support and resources for renewable energy projects but also to use these partnerships as a platform to advocate for the transition away from fossil fuels.

“Building partnerships is important, but it must be done with the understanding that we, as Pacific Island countries, maintain control of our destiny. We need to use these collaborations as opportunities to reinforce the narrative of moving away from fossil fuels and maintain our sovereignty in the process,” Moresi said.

The potential collaboration with the UAE could play a huge role in advancing the Pacific’s resilience and sustainable development goals.