Conference preview: Small island developing states to tackle universal energy access

A beach in Barbados. Representatives from small island developing states will meet at an international sustainable energy conference to be held in Bridgetown, Barbados. Photo by: Domenic Scaturchio / CC BY-NC-ND

How can small island developing countries promote universal access to sustainable energy and boost renewable energy production and energy efficiency?

This is the main issue 39 representatives from small island developing states in the Caribbean, Africa, the Pacific and Indian Ocean will tackle at an international sustainable energy conference to be held May 7-9 in Bridgetown, Barbados.

Delegates to the High-Level Conference of the Small Island Developing States: Achieving Sustainable Energy for All in SIDS are expected to adopt a declaration that outlines opportunities and realities of sustainable energy for all from a small island state perspective. The declaration will also articulate the countries’ support for global sustainable energy goals.

Another goal of the conference is to discuss the SIDS sustainable energy partnership initiative. The initiative aims to create an institutional mechanism that will help small island states transform their energy sectors and generate more funds for climate change adaptation projects.

Further, the conference seeks to raise awareness among participating governments about the kind of policies needed to support energy efficiency and develop alternative energy sources.

This conference is co-hosted by the government of Barbados, the U.N. Development Program and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States. It will be followed by an informal meeting of SIDS ministers in preparation for the U.N. Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) which will be held June 20-22 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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