United NationsDepartment of Economic and Social Affairs Sustainable Development

Papua New Guinea

Madam Chair,
At the outset, Papua New Guinea supports the Statement delivered
yesterday by distinguished Ambassador of Grenada, on behalf of
Papua New Guinea attaches critical importance to this debate as
access to energy is vital for sustainable development, eradication of
poverty, and attainment of other international agreed goals and
targets, such as those contained in the Millennium Declaration, JPoI,
and the Mauritius Strategy.
Given the importance of energy and its direct correlation to the socioeconomic
wellbeing of the people, it is of extreme concern that
majority of our people; especially 90% living in rural areas do not
have access to modern energy. This is further compounded by the
high costs of imported petroleum products; high transportation costs,
lack of infrastructure developments and other factors.
Madam Chair,
Similar situations are also found in other Pacific Island Countries
(PICs) and in responding to these challenges, our regional Leaders
decided to explore innovative ways to reduce the costs of imported
petroleum products, particularly through the bulk purchasing of
petroleum products. To this end energy security, high costs of
imported fuel products, development of renewable energy resources,
and other related issues were addressed in the Pacific Energy
Minister?s Communiqué, adopted last week.
Madam Chair,
Papua New Guinea?s Renewable Energy Policy aims to develop
locally available energy resources, thereby increasing the percentage
contribution of renewable energy in the national energy mix.
In Papua New Guinea, other options to improve energy access and
reduce costs include the development and utilization of renewable
energy resource such as hydro, bio-fuels, solar, geothermal, and
Such vast renewable energy resources are not fully developed due to
lack of support in areas such as technical capacity-building, financial
support and the transfer of reliable, affordable, proven, and
environmentally sound technologies and energy services. We
therefore support the call for establishment of a renewable energy
trust fund to support SIDS in renewable energy development efforts.
At this juncture, we would like to thank the Governments of Italy and
India for their commitments assisting us explore ways and means to
properly develop the energy options we have in Papua New Guinea.
Madam Chair,
Papua New Guinea and other PICs are committed towards improving
energy access for our people. We regard the Mauritius Strategy as an
important vehicle through which Papua New Guinea and other SIDS
can address the energy related issues and other sustainable
development objectives.
We call on the UN system to fully integrate the Mauritius Strategy into
their work programs and activities. We view CSD15 as an ideal
opportunity for the international community to make sure that serious
effort be taken by the international community, including the UN
system, to support the implementation of the MSI.
To this end, we reiterate the call for a dedicated section on the further
implementation of MSI to be included in the CSD15 Outcome
Thank you.