United NationsDépartement des Affaires Économiques et Sociales Développement Durable

Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS)

Statement to be delivered by Ms. Lara Daniel
Second Secretary of Nauru to the United Nations
Chair of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS)
5th Session of the OWG-SDG on Sustainable Energy
November 27, 2013
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Small
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Serious
considerations
should
therefore
be
given
to
Sustainable
Energy
explicit
Sustainable
Development
Goal
in
the
post-­‐2015
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dedicated
and
Co-­‐Chairs,
Globally,
energy
security
remains
a
key
priority,
and
both
sustainability
and
energy
security
are
challenges
that
are
global
in
nature.
The
issue
of
energy
security
is
particularly
topical
because
of
the
high
fluctuations
of
oil
prices
and
the
effects
of
climate
change
that
everyone,
no
matter
where
they
are,
is
experiencing
nowadays.
Small
Island
Developing
States
(SIDS)
know
things
are
getting
worse
for
us,
as
we
watch
our
environments
degrade
before
our
very
eyes.
Climate
change
is
an
energy-­‐related
issue,
and
the
efficient
provision
of
reliable,
accessible,
and
affordable
energy
services
are
critical
to
sustainable
development
and
achievement
of
the
MDGs.
International
actions
to
address
climate
change
remains
grossly
inadequate
and
emissions
of
greenhouse
gases
continue
to
rise
globally
at
a
distressing
rate,
indicating
the
need
to
address
climate
change
as
a
cross
cutting
and
persistent
crisis.
Energy
dependence
is
a
major
source
of
vulnerability
for
many
SIDS
and
many
remote
and
rural
island
communities
have
little
or
no
access
to
modern
and
affordable
energy
services.
At
the
same
time,
difficulties
in
expanding
transportation
and
electricity
generation
to
meet
the
growing
demand
are
likely
to
remain
the
single
most
important
constraining
factor
in
the
economic
development
of
the
majority
of
SIDS.
Co-­‐Chairs,
Energy
is
a
cross-­‐cutting
issue,
which
presents
us
with
an
opportunity
to
tackle
some
of
the
toughest
challenges
of
our
time.
To
breed
success
in
the
transformation
shift
toward
clean,
modern,
affordable,
and
accessible
energy
can
help
us
create
jobs,
promote
social
protection,
make
economies
and
businesses
more
competitive,
and
ensure
that
we
preserve
and
protect
our
environment
for
generations
to
come.
Such
transformational
shift
will
bring
improvements
as
part
of
a
lager
socio-­‐economic
shift
bringing
resources
and
jobs
to
marginalized
rural,
remote,
and
poor
communities
such
as
those
in
the
small
island
states
in
the
Pacific,
Caribbean,
and
AIMS
regions.
SIDS
could
revolutionize
their
fortunes
if
access
to
affordable
and
modern
renewable
energy
services
were
in
place
because
we
have
lots
of
wind,
sun,
and
ocean.
Co-­‐Chairs,
I
also
want
to
highlight
some
of
the
efforts
of
SIDS
in
the
area
of
sustainable
energy,
including
the
Barbados
Declaration
on
Achieving
Sustainable
Energy
for
All
in
Small
Island
Developing
States
aimed
at
promoting
transformational
and
innovative
activities
in
the
areas
of,
inter
alia,
access
to
affordable,
modern
energy
services,
renewable
energy
and
energy
efficient
technologies,
and
low
carbon
development,
in
the
context
of
sustainable
development.
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SIDS
have
also
been
making
some
progress
in
their
joint
pursuit
of
energy
security
and
development
of
low
carbon
economies.
Through
a
partnership
involving
the
Alliance
of
Small
Island
States,
the
Governments
of
Denmark
and
Japan,
the
World
Bank
and
the
UNDP,
SIDS
have
responded
to
this
challenge
by
creating
an
institution
to
assist
in
increasing
the
amount
of
renewable
energy
in
the
energy
portfolio
mix
and
to
increase
energy
efficiency.
This
sustainable
energy
initiative
is
called
the
SIDS
DOCK
and
comprises
members
of
SIDS
and
with
support
from
our
development
partners
has
the
potential
to
transform
the
energy
sector
of
SIDS
and
create
the
foundation
for
low
carbon
growth
and
energy
security
by
2033.
We
continue
to
call
for
an
integrated
approach
to
establishing
or
strengthening
innovative
regional
and
national
energy
roadmaps,
with
strong
emphasis
on
both
renewable
energy
and
energy
efficiency,
detailed
resource
planning,
and
energy
storage
and
capacity
development,
taking
into
account
social,
environmental,
and
economic
considerations.
We
further
call
to
improve
the
access
to
energy
for
poor
and
remote
areas
as
well
as
instituting
Regional
Data
Repositories
and
finance
mechanism
for
the
implementation
of
renewable
energy
projects
in
SIDS.
Sustainable
development
must
have
an
inclusive
agenda
in
the
post-­‐2015
development
framework
and
specifically
address
the
needs
of
countries
in
special
case
that
are
vulnerable.
SIDS
recognize
that
we
cannot
overcome
our
challenges
by
ourselves.
In
the
absence
of
cooperation
and
assistance
from
the
international
community,
our
success
in
this
regard
will
remain
but
an
illusion.
International
support,
particularly
with
the
means
of
implementation,
is
therefore
paramount
to
enhancing
the
efficiency
and
effectiveness
of
SIDS
in
transforming
its
energy
sector.
Co-­‐Chairs,
In
conclusion,
I
call
for
a
united
front
and
common
vision
for
accessible,
affordable,
modern,
and
sustainable
energy
for
all
and
that
together
we
shall
overcome
all
challenges
and
unlocking
the
opportunities
that
will
secure
the
energy
needs
of
our
people
and
communities
in
the
years
to
come.
The
progress
we
make
today
will
not
only
provide
for
the
security,
independence,
and
quality
of
life
we
aspire
for,
but
it
will
also
impact
the
lives
of
future
generations.
Sustainable
Energy
must
be
integrated
as
one
of
the
SDGs
under
the
post-­‐2015
development
framework.
I
thank
you.