SIDS DOCK, the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Sustainable Energy and Climate Resilience organisation, announced that His Excellency Mr. Enele Sosene Sopoaga, OBE, Prime Minister and Minister for Public Utilities of Tuvalu, has been appointed President of the second SIDS DOCK Assembly, on 24 September 2016, during its second session held at the United Nations (UN) headquarters on the margins of the General Debate of the 71st United Nations General Assembly.
The Assembly is the supreme organ of SIDS DOCK, and as President, Prime Minister Sopoaga is the new leader of the 15 SIDS DOCK Member States across the Pacific, Caribbean, Africa and Indian Ocean regions, who are likely to be the largest economic losers with large displaced populations if average global temperatures go beyond 1.5 degrees Celsius, which is considered the threshold for the continued survival of ecosystems essential to livelihoods in Small Island Developing States and low-lying coastal States. SIDS DOCK is so named because it is designed as a “DOCKing station to connect the energy sector in SIDS with the global markets for finance, sustainable energy technologies and carbon.
The candidate for the post of Secretary-General of the SIDS DOCK must be a national of a State Party to the SIDS DOCK or a national of a Signatory State to the SIDS DOCK Statute.
SIDS DOCK shall aim to achieve fair representation of women and men for all positions. While preserving the overarching principle of selection on merit, the nomination of women for the post of Secretary-General shall be encouraged.
The Thirty-Sixth Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), held at Bridgetown, Barbados, 2-4 July 2015, endorsed the establishment of CCREEE as technical implementation arm of the CARICOM Energy Unit. Barbados was selected as the host country for the Secretariat of CCREEE as a result of a competitive selection process. The centre was inaugurated during a high-level inauguration ceremony in Bridgetown, Barbados on 28 October 2015. During the next months the physical office and the internal administrative rules and procedures will be established. The headquarters agreement will be signed. To facilitate the process the following positions will be recruited:
- CCREEE Administration and Finance Officer (AFO)
- CCREEE Senior Administrative Secretary (SAS)
Researchers said the view was devastating after surveying some 520 reefs via plane and helicopter between Cairns and the Torres Strait in the north of Queensland state.
“This will change the Great Barrier Reef forever,” Terry Hughes, an expert on coral reefs from James Cook University, told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
On Wednesday 30 September 2015, we shared a very special moment in history – the birth of SIDS DOCK, the first global intergovernmental organisation of Island Nations vested with the full powers and privileges of the United Nations. The Historic Ceremony that Formally Established the SIDS DOCK at the United Nations Headquarters in New York was Webcast Live on UN TV.
9 December 2015, Paris France
Dr. Al Binger, Energy Science Advisor, Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre SIDS DOCK Coordinator is one of the key speakers at the Future Energy Forum.read more
UNITED NATIONS (UN) HEADQUARTERS, NEW YORK CITY, 5 October 2015 On 30 September 2015, the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Sustainable Energy and Climate Resilience Initiative – SIDS DOCK – celebrated the entry into force of the SIDS DOCK Treaty, recognising the establishment of the historic intergovernmental organisation vested with the full powers of the United Nations (UN).read more
The island of Dominica sustained significant damage due to the passage of Tropical Storm Erika on Thursday, 28 August. A band of torrential rain caused by the system resulted in the deposit of 6 to 8 inches of rain in less than twelve hours and triggered massive flooding and several landslides.read more
The Energy Branch of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the SIDS Sustainable Energy and Climate Resilience Initiative (SIDS DOCK), the Global Forum on Sustainable Energy (GFSE), the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) are organizing the side event “Energizing the SAMOA Pathway – Launch of the SE4ALL Network of Regional Sustainable Energy Centres for Small Island Developing States (SIDS)”. The event will inform on the status of the SIDS DOCK process and the network of regional sustainable energy centres for SIDS the Pacific, Caribbean, Africa and Indian Ocean.read more
ECREEE launched the project “Regional potential assessment of novel bioenergy crops in fifteen ECOWAS countries” in 2012, in partnership with UNIDO, IIBN and QUINVITA, based on the need to make an overall assessment of a series of novel potential bioenergy crops that can or could be grown and processed in the ECOWAS member states.read more
The Opening Ceremony
Watch the Spectacular Opening Ceremony of the 3rd International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS), Samoa 2104 Credit: United Nations
The Year of Small Island Developing States
What is SIDS Dock?
“It is an initiative among member countries of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) to provide the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) with a collective institutional mechanism to assist them transform their national energy sectors into a catalyst for sustainable economic development and help generate financial resources to address adaptation to climate change.”