Reducing dependence on fossil fuels essential for sustainable progress in SIDS: UN ChiefListen /
Small Island Developing States (SIDS) need to free themselves from dependence on fossil fuel imports and transform their energy sectors to encompass modern, efficient, clean and renewable sources of energy, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a message to an audience of prime ministers, ministers, international experts, civil society leaders and business executives at the Barbados Conference Centre this week.
In his message to the Conference, 'Achieving Sustainable Energy for All in Small Island Developing States,' convened by the Government of Barbados and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Secretary-General said "Sustainable development is not possible without sustainable energy." He said "The world's appetite for energy continues to grow, and the global thermostat continues to rise." He noted that his "vision is a world with universal energy access; a doubling of the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency; and a doubling of renewable energy in our mix of fuel sources by 2030."
Secretary-general Ban noted that "Small island developing states are highly dependent on imported oil and other fossil fuels for transport and electricity generation, which is a major source of economic volatility."
He noted that "Rio+20 is now less than 50 days away and urged all to "do our utmost for an ambitious outcome. We must focus on concrete results: such as an Oceans Compact, support for the Sustainable Energy for All initiative, and launching a process to establish Sustainable Development Goals that build on the Millennium Development Goals." This is Donn Bobb reporting