Dominica’s UN ambassador to chair energy conference in Fiji

Vince Henderson
Vince Henderson

Dominica’s permanent representative to the United Nations, Vince Henderson, is expected to chair a meeting in Fiji that will address serious energy issues confronting the Pacific islands.

Henderson is chairman of the SIDS DOCK Steering Committee, the mechanism established by SIDS (Small Island Developing States) to catalyse the transformation of the energy sector of small islands, to increase energy security, reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and generate resources for investment in adaptation to climate change.

The meeting will begin on Monday May 6 and continue till Thursday May 9, 2013.

In attendance will be representatives of the 13 pacific states that are memebrs of SIDS DOCK and observers from regional and international organizations.  The meeting is being organized by the SIDS DOCK Secretariat along with the World Bank and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).

“Similar to many SIDS, energy dependence is a major source of vulnerability for our 13 SIDS DOCK Pacific Members, and many remote and rural island communities have little or no access to modern and affordable energy services,” Henderson noted.

The Opening ceremony will be addressed by Henderson and Captain Timoci Lesi Natuva, Minister for Public Utilities (Water and Energy), Works and Transport, Government of the Republic of Fiji.

According to a release from Henderson’s office, the goal of the meeting is to finalise and agree on the design of the SIDS DOCK Support Programme Platform, its institutional development and operations, and more importantly, the development and financing of the SIDS DOCK Pacific Project Pipeline of 14 indicative projects with an estimated investment opportunity of US$40-million.

It will facilitate those in the Pacific who will be exploring ways for the region to take forward the outcomes of the Tonga Pacific Energy Leaders’ summit and the Pacific Energy Summit held in March.

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20 Comments

  1. Muslim_Always
    May 7, 2013

    This is exactly the slave mentality that permeates the Dominican society, the envy that lies in the comments I saw below. It is very sad.

    While Dominica has its problems from economic to spiritual this is not the way to treat a fellow Dominican who is making strides on an international level. Some people need to get off the “crab in the barrel” mentality.

    If the man is making strides wish him well, let’s address the issues that plagues this country with critical thought, evaluation and a sound action plan to elevate this country.

  2. I REMEMBER
    May 7, 2013

    I know you ambassadors look forward to going on these UN junkets and having a good time.I also know that the UN pays all who go on these trips their daily wages for as long as these trips last.I hope you all are also not getting paid by your respective countries for those same days you are out on UN business and getting paid by the UN….In other words,not getting paid twice for the same days work.

  3. Anonymous
    May 6, 2013

    Its all part of the job. Enjoy yourself!

  4. WHO VEX VEX
    May 6, 2013

    one thing with UWP supporters they opposing anything and everything

  5. Anonymous
    May 6, 2013

    #PROUD! :lol:

  6. DOMINICAN
    May 6, 2013

    Congratulations, HE Henderson to be the chair of this UN Body. I am sure you will continue to do a good job.

  7. Nel
    May 6, 2013

    Yeh I checked it is chair. Thanks much for this lesson.

  8. eh beh
    May 6, 2013

    mister getting to travel to exotic places, papa……. by the way; have the UN fees been paid?

    • T
      May 6, 2013

      Chavez die, Ghaddafi gone.Make your own conclusion.

  9. Cor
    May 6, 2013

    Well done

  10. prepare
    May 6, 2013

    I hope it is not a show the ambassador is making, we want fruit or substance. I hope he is not a puppet on a sting, and misleading Dominican’s to more misery than we already have. We know the whole world has problems, but these guys should know that, Dominica do not have money and hope they are not abusing the situation. The Lord who is in control in looking at every evil or good thing we do no this earth. We are going to get just recompense of reward.

  11. me
    May 5, 2013

    dominica cannot even agree on a solution to fix her own energy issues and u all sending him fiji to talk about evergy what joke that nuh arent u surposed to remove the log thats in ur eye first before trying to remove the splinter in ur friends eye?

  12. febreese
    May 5, 2013

    another young proud son of the soil

  13. Anonymous
    May 5, 2013

    Good for you

  14. Voila
    May 5, 2013

    Big up AMB Henderdon and good look for Dominica….our name is making the good rounds

  15. The King
    May 5, 2013

    Another proud moment for Dominica. Mr Henderson continues to add lustre to Dominica’s profile in the international community.
    Well done Your Excellency

  16. IAN B IAN B
    May 5, 2013

    But Saint Joseph is still the poorest village in all of the Dominica. I fed up with this government and I pray to God that they are removed from office through any popular means. Great on propaganda and poor on achievements.

    • sad
      May 6, 2013

      You don’t make any sense at all.

    • Controversy
      May 6, 2013

      Must be Vince that make ST. Joe poor, dumb fool

    • .
      May 6, 2013

      My sentiment also. This is a government that has failed the country miserably. The people are extremely poor, but their pockets are bulging.

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