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SIDS Conference: SPC’s regional coordination role highlighted at historic events PDF Print E-mail

Monday 8 September 2014, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Suva, Fiji

 

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Progress in sustainable energy development in Pacific small island developing states (SIDS) was marked by two historic events that recently took place with key leadership and support from the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC). The two events took place at the United Nations SIDS Conference on 1–4 September in Apia, Samoa. 

 

The signing of the SIDS Dock Statute on 1 September was regarded as a stunning development, with leaders taking ownership and full responsibility for the development of renewable energy and energy efficiency in SIDS. SIDS Dock is a SIDS–SIDS institutional mechanism established to facilitate the development of a sustainable energy economy within the small island developing states. The ultimate goal of SIDS Dock is to increase energy efficiency by 25% (from a 2005 baseline), to generate a minimum of 50% of electric power from renewable sources, and to decrease use of conventional transportation fuel by 20–30% by 2033. By signing the statute, leaders have blessed the establishment of the first ever international organisation to focus only on SIDS sustainable energy challenges.

 

Over 150 delegates and members of the international development community from more than 45 countries were overjoyed to see leader after leader approach the podium to sign a historic sustainable energy and climate resilience treaty that will significantly change the lives and destiny of over 20 million small islanders for the better.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 September 2014 09:09
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SIDS Conference: SPC announced new sustainable energy partnerships PDF Print E-mail

Thursday 4 September 2014, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Suva, Fiji

 

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Sustainable energy was one of the themes for the Multi-stakeholder Partnership Dialogue that took place at the United Nations Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in Apia yesterday. SIDS are faced with a double challenge: not only do they rely heavily on fossil fuel that is expensive and must be imported, but the use of that fuel releases greenhouse gases, which are the major cause of the effects of climate change to which SIDS are particularly vulnerable. However, while SIDS are spending billions of dollars annually importing fossil fuel, they are very well endowed with more economical and environmentally friendly renewable energy resources, which could be used to replace fossil fuel. 

 

The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) is the lead regional agency on sustainable energy in the Pacific Islands region. At the Dialogue, Solomone Fifita, Deputy Director (Energy) of SPC’s Economic Development Division, announced new, practical, simple, low cost, on-the-ground and people-centred sustainable energy partnerships that are aimed at addressing sustainable energy in an integrated manner. The partnerships link sustainable energy with other important issues, such as non-communicable diseases (NCDs), which have been declared an epidemic in the Pacific, and youth unemployment, a growing challenge.

 

Through the Bicycles for Capitals Partnership, for example, SPC, along with the governments of Nauru, Niue and Tuvalu, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, youth groups, the private sector, Life Cycle Pacific Task Force and development partners, will promote the productive use of bicycles to decrease vehicle congestion in the region’s capitals, reduce reliance on fossil fuel in the transport sector, and promote a healthy lifestyle that will contribute to the reduction of NCDs and empower youths through employment opportunities.

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