Pacific Region Launches UN Decade for SE4All
2 April 2014: The Pacific region launched the UN Decade for Sustainable Energy For All (SE4All), as UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon praised the efforts of island States in addressing sustainable development challenges at "a pivotal moment."
Ban urged governments to "continue to be ambitious" in the negotiation process taking place under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), noting that Member States must deliver a global and legally binding agreement by 2015, and that sustainable energy is also a central issue in discussions on the post-2015 development agenda.
Gyan Chandra Acharya, Under-Secretary-General and High-Representative for Least Developed Countries (LDCs), Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs) and Small Island Developing States (SIDS), delivered Ban's prepared remarks on the margins of the 2nd Pacific Regional Energy and Transport Meeting in Nadi, Fiji, which takes place from 2-4 April 2014. Among several examples of leadership by Pacific Island Countries, he highlighted that Tokelau has become the first territory in the world to generate 100% of its power from renewable energy.
Colin Tukuitonga, Director-General of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), noted the critical link between energy and transport in the Pacific. Susan McDade, Special Envoy of the Secretary-General's Special Representative, noted that energy is an enabler of health, gender equality, safe drinking water, food and nutrition, and other sectors
The Government of Fiji and the SPC supported the Pacific launch. The global launch of the UN Decade for SE4All will take place in New York, US, in June 2014, as part of the first SE4All Forum. [Statement of UN Secretary-General] [SE4All Press Release] [SPC Press Release] [UN Press Release]