São Tomé and Príncipe is a country of opportunities.

São Tomé and Príncipe is a country of opportunities.

São Tomé and Príncipe (STP) is a country of opportunities. The energy resources are vast and are not limited to charcoal or firewood. The country has some water courses with enormous potential to produce electricity. There is sunshine throughout the national territory and during the 12 months of the year. It has forests, palm trees in large areas, and all of these renewable sources can be converted into electricity. The Contador Hydroelectric Power Plant, with its 2.0 MW installed, and with more than 50 years of existence, is the only one currently in operation and the main renewable source of electricity generation in the country. Solar energy, with strong decentralized potential, constitutes an energy potential for Santomeans in rural and peri-urban areas. Since the colonial era, STP has been its betting and intends to intensify the use of its renewable potential, particularly hydro energy, in order to bring more and more energy, with quality, and above all, to meet the need to reduce the current primary and main source of electricity in the country, diesel. Electricity is a prerequisite for all economic activity and for civilizational and human development, as well as other activities such as water supply, health care and education. The evolution and performance of the national economy is slowly accelerating, based on strong and increasingly diversified agricultural potential, small-scale agro-industry, and the service sector, especially tourism. The prospect of economic growth in STP is sustainable and requires a more active contribution from the private sector, in order to contribute and boost the efforts made by the Government to create more jobs and to improve the well-being...
Heremoni Onosai Suapaia- Ah-Hoy Elected to SIDS DOCK Executive Council

Heremoni Onosai Suapaia- Ah-Hoy Elected to SIDS DOCK Executive Council

Heremoni Onosai Suapaia- Ah-Hoy Elected to SIDS DOCK Executive Council   2 October 2020, United Nations Headquarters, New York, U.S.A.: His Excellency The Rt. Honourable Keith C. Mitchell, Prime Minister of Grenada and President of the fifth Assembly of SIDS DOCK, is pleased to announce the election of Ms. Heremoni Onosai Supaia-Ah-Hoy, Assistant Chief Energy Officer (ACEO), Energy Policy and Coordination Division, Ministry of Finance, Government of the Independent State of Samoa, to the Executive Council of SIDS DOCK, the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Sustainable Energy and Climate Resilience Organization. Ms. Supaia-Ah-Hoy, whose term expires on 31 December 2021, replaces Mr. Sione Foliaki, former ACEO for Samoa’s Energy Policy and Coordination Division, who retired in October 2019, after sterling and dedicated service to the Government of Samoa, the SIDS DOCK Executive Council and the people across Small Island Developing States.   SIDS DOCK is a United Nations (UN)-recognised international organisation established in 2015, with all the rights and privileges for addressing climate change, resilience, and energy security in small islands. SIDS DOCK represents 32 small islands and low-lying developing states across the globe, and is so named because it is designed as a “DOCKing station,” to connect the energy sector in SIDS with the global markets for finance and sustainable energy technologies. The organisation’s work is coordinated by the Secretariat, in Belmopan, Belize.   In making the announcement, Prime Minister Mitchell said that, “Ms. Suapaia-Ah-Hoy’s nomination to the Executive Council is a welcomed addition, as she brings years of experience, having been involved in helping to chart Samoa’s energy pathway to achieve a low carbon economy. She has successfully...

A SIDS DOCK Champion! H.E. Aliioaiga Feturi ELISAIA completes tour of duty after 16 years of service

Date: Friday, 28 February 2020 On the 27th February 2020, H.E. Aliioaiga Feturi Elisaia and Madam Maria Lei Sam-Elisaia departed New York for Samoa, upon completion of their tour of duty as the Ambassador, Extraordinary & Plenipotentiary and Permanent Representative of the Permanent Mission of the Independent State of Samoa to the United Nations in New York. Ambassador Elisaia took up his post as Samoa’s Envoy to the United Nations from 14th September 2003 until 27th  February 2020 a representation of 16 years and 5 months of service. Ambassador Elisaia was a member of the Secretary General’s Vintage Group.  He is well respected amongst his Ambassadorial colleagues and an excellent mentor to his staff and those that have come to know him professionally and personally. Over his years of service, Ambassador Elisaia held multiple roles that have elevated Samoa in the international forum. A few of these roles included being the Board Member for SIDS on the Green Climate Fund (GCF) Board for three years from 2016 – 2018, Samoa’s Political Focal Point to the Global Environment Facility (GEF) from 2006 – 2020, the Representative of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) on the Bureau of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) from 2007-2008 and was also the Chairman of the Pacific Island Forum (PIF) Group in New York twice from 2004-2005 and 2017-2018. One of the major accomplishments for Ambassador Elisaia was bringing the “Third International Conference of the Small Island Developing States” to Samoa in which Samoa was the proud hosts in 2014 with an outcome titled the “S.A.M.O.A. Pathway”. The outcome not only bears the...

SIDS DOCK and GRID-Arendal announce strategic partnership for sustainable use and management of marine resources in small islands and low-lying developing countries

SIDS DOCK and GRID-Arendal announce strategic partnership for sustainable use and management of marine resources in small islands and low-lying developing countries Projects will support the economic and livelihoods systems of the populations and promote  nature-based solutions and technologies 19 May 2020, United Nations Headquarters, New York, U.S.A.: SIDS DOCK, the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Sustainable Energy and Climate Resilience Organization, has signed an agreement with GRID-Arendal to collaborate on the promotion of nature-based solutions and technologies for the sustainable use and management of marine resources to support the economic and livelihoods systems of the populations of small islands and low-lying developing countries. The signing ceremony took place on Thursday, 14 May 2020, by means of a virtual conference between representatives in New York City and Norway, as a way to contain the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). H.E. Ambassador Ronald Jean Jumeau In signing on behalf of SIDS DOCK, His Excellency Mr. Ronald J. Jumeau, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Seychelles to the United Nations (UN) and Chair of the SIDS DOCK Executive Council, welcomed the partnership and commended GRID-Arendal for its strong support, noting that it has been a reliable and supportive partner since 2014. “This SIDS DOCK/GRID-Arendal partnership will provide us with a framework for cooperation to accelerate the synergistic deployment and monitoring of nature-based solutions to the challenges of ocean environmental management, rehabilitation of ecosystems, and the development of ocean-based renewable energy technologies in our SIDS DOCK Member Countries, and will also allow us to learn many lessons from Norway, as it too tries to achieve a low-carbon society,” he said, after affixing...

COVID-19, Blue Economy, and the Climate Change Agenda: The case of Seychelles

The human toll of the COVID-19 pandemic has been devastating. At the same time, measures to tackle the crisis have affected national economies and grounded global trade to a halt. Small Island Developing States (SIDS) such as the Seychelles are amongst the countries that have suffered some of the worst economic impacts of the outbreak. The current situation illustrates the global state of unpreparedness for a pandemic and points to similar inadequacies vis-à-vis climate change. Already reeling from the adverse consequences of climate change, the Seychelles’ emerging Blue Economy

Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Action Plans in support of the National Vision “São Tomé e Príncipe 2030: the country we need to build”

Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Action Plans in support of the National Vision “São Tomé e Príncipe 2030: the country we need to build”

Deadline: May – 11 – 2020 1. IntroductionThe Global Environment Facility (GEF) funded project “Strategic program to promote renewable energy and energy efficiency investments in the electricity sector of São Tomé and Príncipe” is implemented by UNIDO in partnership with the Ministry of Public Works, Infrastructure, Natural Resources and Environment (MOPIRNA) and other international partners (e.g. UNDP, WB/AFAP, AfDB). As a Small Island Developing State, STP faces specific challenges in relation to its size, remoteness from large markets, dependence on a small number of economic sectors, direct investment and remittances inflow, lack of resources and a significant trade deficit. Moreover, key sectors of the economy are highly vulnerable to natural, climate, and external economic shocks.  The GEF project contributes to the Vision 2030 “São Tomé e Príncipe 2030: the country we need to build”, which aims to transform the country into a climate-resilient and vibrant island hub for blue economy business, financial services and tourism, benefitting from the growing regional market of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS). The GEF project is also part of the joint UN efforts to support the graduation of STP from the list of least developed countries (LDCs) by 2024.  Faced with a situation of constrained fiscal policy, the Government aims to create the conditions to allow the private sector to become an engine of growth, economic diversification and poverty reduction. The focus lies on improving the business climate, promoting foreign direct investment and improving key social and economic infrastructure, including energy.  The success of the Vision 2030 highly depends on a power sector reform and a transformational shift of the entire energy...

New Members Appointed to SIDS DOCK Executive Council

9 December 2019, United Nations Headquarters, New York, U.S.A.: SIDS DOCK, the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Sustainable Energy and Climate Resilience Organization, established in 2015, with all the rights and privileges of the United Nations (UN), is pleased to announce the election of three (3) new members to the governing SIDS DOCK Executive Council. His Excellency Dr. The Right Honourable Keith Mitchell, Prime Minister of Grenada and President of the Assembly of SIDS DOCK, announced that the new members will take office on 1 January 2020, replacing the retiring 2017-2019 cohort of the SIDS DOCK Executive Council members. In accordance with paragraph 6 of Article 6 of the SIDS DOCK Statute, the new SIDS DOCK Executive Council members were elected by the Assembly of SIDS DOCK. The Assembly is the supreme organ of the SIDS DOCK Organisation and is composed of all the member governments. The Council is responsible for overall policy and direction and for providing oversight and advice for the development of the organization and to consider and approve the annual SIDS DOCK work programme and budget. The Executive Council delegates responsibility for day-to-day operations to the Secretary-General and committees. The three new members of the SIDS DOCK Executive Council are: His Excellency Mr. Conrad Hunte, Permanent Representative to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), Ambassador / Deputy Permanent Representative of Antigua and Barbuda to the United Nations (2020 to 2022) Dr. Peter Allen, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for the Ministry of Public Service, Energy and Public Utilities, Belize (2019 to 2020) Senator The Hon. Pearnel P. Charles, Jr., Minister without Portfolio with responsibility for Water,...
New Members Appointed to SIDS DOCK Executive Council

New Members Appointed to SIDS DOCK Executive Council

9 December 2019, United Nations Headquarters, New York, U.S.A.: SIDS DOCK, the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Sustainable Energy and Climate Resilience Organization, established in 2015, with all the rights and privileges of the United Nations (UN), is pleased to announce the election of three (3) new members to the governing SIDS DOCK Executive Council: His Excellency Mr. Conrad Hunte, Permanent Representative to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), Ambassador / Deputy Permanent Representative of Antigua and Barbuda to the United Nations (2020 to 2022) Dr. Peter Allen, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for the Ministry of Public Service, Energy and Public Utilities, Belize (2019 to 2020) Senator The Hon. Pearnel P. Charles, Jr., Minister without Portfolio with responsibility for Water, Housing and Infrastructure, Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Office of the Prime Minister, Jamaica (2020-2022) The Executive Council members are responsible for promoting SIDS DOCK, and provide guidance and support to the organisation’s mission to catalyse the transformation of the energy sector of Small Island Developing States to increase energy security, reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG), and generate resources for investment in adaptation to climate change.     Download Photo Release     Contact:          Christine Neves Duncan, Projects Director, SIDS DOCK                            cduncan@sidsdock.org; secretariat@sidsdock.org  ...
SIDS DOCK Membership grows to 18 – Guinea Bissau and São Tomé and Principe welcomed

SIDS DOCK Membership grows to 18 – Guinea Bissau and São Tomé and Principe welcomed

Photo credit: @gregmorrisphotographer   October 22, 2019, United Nations Headquarters, New York, U.S.A.: The Republic of Guinea Bissau and the Democratic Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe became the two, new Small Island Developing States (SIDS) to accede to the Statute Establishing SIDS DOCK. The Honourable Ms. Suzi Carla Barbosa, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Community, Guinea Bissau (left) and the Honourable Mr. Osvaldo C.V. Abreu, Minister for Public Works, Infrastructure, Natural Resources and Environment (right), attended a symbolic signing ceremony at the fifth session of the Assembly of SIDS DOCK, held on 28 September 2019, at the United Nations (UN) Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Chamber, on the sidelines of the seventy-fourth (74th) UN General Assembly, at UN Headquarters, in New York City, United States (U.S.). SIDS DOCK was launched in 2015, and is a UN-recognized international organization with all the rights and privileges for addressing climate change, resilience, and energy security in small islands. Small islands comprise more than one-fifth of the total membership of the UN, and have stewardship over more than 20 percent of the world’s oceans. Contact: Christine Neves Duncan                  cduncan@sidsdock.org; secretariat@sidsdock.org   Download Release...

SIDS DOCK Assembly, a solemn ceremony – Tears for the Bahamas

SIDS DOCK Assembly, a solemn ceremony – tears for Tonga and the Bahamas   October 22, 2019, United Nations Headquarters, New York, U.S.A.: The fifth session of the Assembly of SIDS DOCK opened with observance of a minute of silence in solidarity with the Government and People of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, on the devastation caused and the lives lost as a result of Hurricane Dorian, and also on the passing of the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Tonga, His Excellency Akilisi Pohiva, who was to have been elected the President of the fifth session of the SIDS DOCK Assembly. The fifth session of the SIDS DOCK Assembly was held on 28 September 2019, at the United Nations (UN) Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Chamber, on the sidelines of the seventy-fourth (74th) UN General Assembly, at UN Headquarters, in New York City, United States (U.S.).   In an extraordinary gesture of solidarity, and without setting any precedence, the Members of the SIDS DOCK approved by acclamation, the extension of Grenada’s Presidency to the fifth session of the Assembly, with the understanding that the Presidency of the sixth session will rotate to the Kingdom of Tonga. The Assembly also approved the extension of the Republic of Seychelles and the Kingdom of Tonga, as Vice Presidents to the fifth session of the Assembly. His Excellency the Right Honourable Dr. Keith C. Mitchell, Prime Minister of Grenada, will serve as President of the fifth session of the Assembly of SIDS DOCK, along with the two Vice Presidents, His Excellency Mr. Ronald Jumeau, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Republic of...