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

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

October 22, 2019, United Nations Headquarters, New York, U.S.A.: Shari Lewis, a Partner at the Uniondale, New York, law firm, Rivkin Radler, LLP, was one of the first SIDS DOCK Partners to reach out to the Bahamas, after Hurricane Dorian caused massive destruction and loss of lives, in September 2019. Ms. Lewis presented a donation from Rivkin Radler, LLP, Ullman, Shapiro, Ullman of Counsel, to Her Excellency Ms. Shelia Carey, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas to the United Nations (UN) at the fifth session of the SIDS DOCK Assembly, held on 28 September 2019, at the 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. Ambassador Carey said that fifty-nine (59) lives were lost and 600 are still reported missing. She announced that the Bahamas has designated bank accounts in several denominations, to receive monetary donations.                                                                             Contact:          Christine Neves Duncan, Projects Director, SIDS DOCK                            cduncan@sidsdock.org; secretariat@sidsdock.org     Photo credit: @gregmorrisphotographer Photo Caption (From left to right): Dr. Albert Binger, Secretary-General, SIDS DOCK; Ms. Nancy Del Pizzo, Partner, Rivkin Radler, LLP; Marc Ullman, Rivkin Radler, LLP, Ullman, Shapiro, Ullman of Counsel; Her Excellency Ms. Shelia Carey, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas to the...
Conservation finance: Seychelles’ troubled waters

Conservation finance: Seychelles’ troubled waters

Kanika Saigal Published on: Thursday, October 10, 2019 The Seychelles was the first country to issue a debt-for-nature swap to protect its marine environment; it was also the first to issue a blue bond, raising capital to finance sustainable marine and ocean-related projects. But can it overcome the teething problems and provide a model other island nations can follow? Read Full Article Click...
Vacancy: CCREEE Communications and Public Relations Specialist

Vacancy: CCREEE Communications and Public Relations Specialist

Deadline: Sunday, September 22, 2019 Working from the CCREEE office in Barbados and reporting to the Executive Director, the Communications and Public Relations (C&PR) Specialist will participate as a team member in establishing the Centre and its strategic positioning regionally and internationally; in planning and executing the CCREEE Communications and Public Relations strategy and activities; and in building a positive CCREEE image and brand regionally and internationally. Please submit your confidential application by email, captioned in the subject line “Communications & Public Relations Specialist” to: LPD Hall & Associates at info@lpdhall.com by 22nd September. Download Attached...
SAMOA Pathway High-Level Luncheon “Mission Transforming Island Lives! The Network of Regional Sustainable Energy Centres for Small Island Developing States” on 27 September 2019 in New York at UN Headquaters

SAMOA Pathway High-Level Luncheon “Mission Transforming Island Lives! The Network of Regional Sustainable Energy Centres for Small Island Developing States” on 27 September 2019 in New York at UN Headquaters

Event Date:  Friday, 27 September, 2019   INTRODUCTION The high-level luncheon event “Mission Transforming Island Lives! The Network of Regional Sustainable Energy Centres for Small Island Developing States” is being organized under the umbrella of the Global Network of Regional Sustainable Energy Centres (GN-SEC),  by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) together with the Small Island Sustainable Energy and Climate Resilience Organization (SIDS DOCK) and the United Nations Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and the Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS). The event is scheduled to take place on the margins of the High-Level SAMOA Pathway Midterm Review on 27 September 2019 at United Nations Headquarters.   KEY PARTNERS AND SPONSORS Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Pacific Community (SPC), Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Governments of Austria, Norway, Spain   BACKGROUND At the Third International Conference on SIDS, held in September 2014 in Apia, Samoa, UNIDO and SIDS DOCK launched a SAMOA Pathway Partnership, which aims at the establishment of a network of regional sustainable energy centres for SIDS in Africa, Caribbean, Pacific and Indian Ocean. This constitutes one of the official commitments made. Laudable progress has been achieved and the network has become fully operational.   The Caribbean Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Centre (CCREEE) is operating in Bridgetown, Barbados, and the Pacific Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (PCREEE) in Nuku’alofa, Tonga. The ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE), based in Praia, Cabo Verde, acts as hub for African SIDS. The network receives key technical support by UNIDO and financial assistance by the Governments of Austria, Norway and Spain....
How Leaders of Sinking Countries Are Fighting Climate Change

How Leaders of Sinking Countries Are Fighting Climate Change

By Justin Worland | Photographs by Christopher Gregory for TIME Rising seas threaten to submerge Tuvalu, one of many island nations struggling with climate change. Christopher Gregory for TIME   The journey to the Fijian village of Vunidogoloa is arduous. It requires a flight across the Pacific to the nation’s remote international transit hub, a 140-mile connection on a rickety 19-seat plane to a smaller island, an hourlong drive past other rural villages and finally a short walk guided by a man with a machete to reach a ghost town forced into retreat by climate change and the rising seas that come with it. Once home to more than 100 people, Vunidogoloa has been overrun by the tropical forest. Plants cover the town square. The stench of rotting rodents wafts from abandoned homes, and salt water seeps up through the soil as far as 300 ft. from Natewa Bay. This Saturday morning in mid-May is warm and pleasant, but a few times a year, king tides inundate the village with knee-high waters; locals were forced to place precious possessions on tall surfaces and run for the hills. “All the rights of living,” says Sailosi Ramatu, the village’s administrator, “had been lost because of climate change.” And so, five years ago, Vunidogoloa was abandoned. The Fijian government built a new town about a mile up the hill at a cost of half a million dollars. Vunidogoloa is the first place in Fiji to relocate because of the effects of climate change, but it won’t be the last. Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama tells me he plans to move 40 Fijian villages in the...
PCREEE and UNIDO join efforts to develop a regional e-mobility policy and program for the for Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICTs)

PCREEE and UNIDO join efforts to develop a regional e-mobility policy and program for the for Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICTs)

The Pacific Community (SPC) hosted Pacific Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency  (PCREEE) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) are assisting Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICTs) in the development of a regional electric mobility (e-mobility) policy and program. Both documents will be presented for consideration at the Fourth Meeting of the Pacific Ministers of Energy and Transport, scheduled to take place end of September 2019 in Apia, Samoa. An integrated approach that promotes the expansion of renewable energy power generation, e-mobility and electrical storage simultaneously can have mutual benefits and mark a paradigm shift in the power and transport sectors of PICTs. A harmonized regional approach can help to address existing barriers more effectively and at lower cost. It can promote equal progress and standards between countries and create the needed economies of scale to influence international vehicle supply chains and investments in charging infrastructure and e-mobility based business models. The regional policy will outline the short-term and long-term vision of PICTs with regard to integrated e-mobility and renewable energy power markets. The policy will contribute to the 100% renewable energy vision of the region and reconfirm the “climate leadership” of PICTs also in the land transport sector. It will propose regional e-mobility targets by 2030 and 2050 and include a regional implementation and monitoring framework with concrete priority actions. The policy will address the nexus between the Framework for Action on Energy Security in the Pacific (FAESP), the Framework of Action on Transport Services (FATS), as well as the Framework for Resilient Development in the Pacific (FRDP). It is intended to present the vision...

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