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.