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Monday 2 June2014, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Pohnpei
'The Pacific Regional Data Repository for Sustainable Energy for All (PRDR SE4ALL) is going to be a one-stop-shop that will support the many partners, one team approach to addressing the energy security challenges of the region,' according to Mr Gerald Zackios, Director of SPC’s North Pacific Regional Office. He was speaking at the opening of the PRDR consultation workshop held in Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) last week.
'There's more. The PRDR will document, share and store up-to-date, reliable energy data, project information and experiences; it will support accountability, efficiency and evidence-based decision making; and it will link the Pacific to the global tracking framework of the United Nations’ SE4ALL Initiative,' he continued.
Energy is an enabler. It is an enabler of transport, health, fast internet and mobile communications; it is an enabler of gender equality, of safe drinking water, and of food and nutrition. However, for the Pacific Islands and other small island developing states, advancing this key role of energy is a huge challenge, due to a major information and data bottleneck that has plagued the energy sector of small island developing states for a long time.