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Joint media alert: Pacific Island countries to discuss clean energy development PDF Print E-mail

Joint media alert: Pacific Island countries to discuss clean energy development

 

17 July 2015

 

Honolulu, Hawai’i – A three-day meeting next week (21 to 23 July) will bring together officials from Pacific Island countries and senior representatives from energy departments, power utilities, utility regulators, academia, development partners and the private sector to discuss increasing the use of renewable energy throughout the Pacific.

 

The workshop, titled “Transforming Pacific Island Energy Systems”, is organised by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community’s Energy Programme, in partnership with the U.S. State Department and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).  The workshop will be held at the Doubletree Hotel, Honolulu, Hawai’i.

 

Key speakers will discuss topics such as comprehensive approaches to energy sector transformation, the importance of enabling legal and regulatory frameworks, capacity building and financing.  The workshop will examine a number of Pacific case studies, including the Hawai’i Clean Energy Initiative.

 

MEDIA ACCESS:  Media representatives are invited to cover the opening session on Tuesday 21st July from 8:00am–8:30am (Honolulu time), at the Doubletree Alana, Honolulu, Hawai’i. This will include the welcome remarks and statements from representatives from the U.S. State Department, Secretariat of the Pacific Community’s Economic Development Division and IRENA. On Tuesday 21st July, from 12:30–1:00pm, Hawai’i Governor Ige will provide a keynote address.

 

 

Media contact

Caroline T-Fusimalohi,   Secretariat of the Pacific Community This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  +679 337 9281

 

 

 
Fiji national consultation on technical vocational education and training focuses on energy security and climate change PDF Print E-mail

Joint media alert

 

29 June 2015

 

Suva, Fiji – Education and training practitioners from throughout Fiji will gather in Suva this week for a national consultation aimed at identifying priority training needs in the areas of sustainable energy and climate change adaptation.

 

They will attend a workshop from 1 to 3 July at The University of the South Pacific (USP) as part of a Regional Training Needs and Gap Analysis for the European Union (EU)-funded Pacific Technical and Vocational Education and Training (PacTVET) Project.

The event will be opened by the Minister for Education, Heritage & Arts – Hon Dr M Reddy and Mr Renato Mele, Head of Cooperation, EU Delegation for the Pacific.

 

The project is being jointly implemented by USP and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and aims to enhance the technical capacity of 15 Pacific countries – including Fiji – to respond to sustainable energy and climate change adaptation challenges.  Similar consultation workshops are taking place in the other participating countries.

 

Seven million people out of the region’s ten million people still do not have access to electricity which can be attributed to a lack of on the ground capacity and resources for training institutions, factors which this project intends to overcome in order to improve energy security and improve resilience to the impacts of climate change. 

 

This consultation will be used to schedule project activities in Fiji for the remainder of the project. Findings will be presented to key national stakeholders at a meeting forming part of the wider Adapting to Climate Change and Sustainable Energy steering group in October this year. It will lead to the development of new TVET qualifications in climate change and sustainable energy.

 

MEDIA ACCESS: Media representatives are invited to attend the opening session on Wednesday 1 July at 9:00am featuring the Minister for Education, Heritage & Arts, Honourable Dr. M Reddy and the Head of Cooperation, EU Delegation for the Pacific, Mr. Renato Mele, as well as stake holders from various government ministries, UNDP, Fiji Red Cross, IUCN Oceania, WWF, GIZ and others. 

 

Time: 9.00-10.15am, 1 July 2015 (Opening of the Consultation Workshop); programme continues until 5pm on Friday 3 July.

Venue: USP, Japan ICT Centre, Upper Campus, Suva, Fiji

 

Media contacts

Dr Sarah Hemstock , Team Leader PacTVET Project, Economic Development Division, SPC  Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  Telephone: (679) 8041208

Ms Rebecca von Schreeb, Press Officer, Delegation of the European Union for the Pacific  Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Telephone: (679) 331 3633

 

 

 
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