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SIDS DOCK Formally Established

SIDS DOCK Formally Established

New York, 28 September 2015 – Organized by the SIDS DOCK Steering Committee, with the support of the Governments of Austria, Denmark and Japan; in conjunction with the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC), United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI) , this historic event  marked the formal establishment of SIDS DOCK as a registered global inter-governmental organization through the transfer of the instruments of ratification to the United Nations, and Adoption of the Declaration by SIDS Heads of State and Government.

SIDS DOCK is an initiative among member countries of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) to help SIDS develop low carbon economies that generate the financial resources to invest in climate change adaptation and assist SIDS transform their national energy sectors into a catalyst for sustainable economic development.

Designed as a “DOCK-ing station,” SIDS DOCK aims to connect the energy sectors in SIDS with the global market for finance, sustainable energy technologies and with the European Union (EU) and the United States (US) carbon markets, allowing for the ability to trade the avoided carbon emissions in those markets.

His Excellency Dr. The Hon. Ralph Gonsalves, P.M. of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Acting Chair, SIDS DOCK Steering Committee, clarified the concept behind this new organization; stating in the opening remarks that “the name SIDS DOCK references how the platform is designed as a docking station…intended to connects the SIDS with the public and private investors, global clean energy technology developers, carbon markets and to accelerate capacity building”.

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From left to right: His Excellency Mr. Elliston Rahming, Permanent Representative of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas to the United Nations; Hon. Wilfred Peter Elrington, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belize; Hon. Francine Baron, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Commonwealth of Dominica; Dr. The Hon. Ralph Everard Gonsalves; Hon. Clarise Modeste, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Grenada; Hon. Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailed Malielegaoi, Prime Minister of the Independent State of Samoa; Hon. Taukelina Finikaso, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Tuvalu; and His Excellency Mr. Ronald Jean Jumeau, Ambassador with responsibility for Climate Change and SIDS Issues of the Republic of Seychelles.

The event further addressed the strategic importance of strengthening SIDS DOCK and regional organizations through a SE4ALL Network of regional sustainable energy centres within SIDS regions.

Ms. Susana Malcora, Chef-de-Cabinet, United Nations, welcomed the event and further reiterated the value of SIDS DOCK as “a mechanism that will add to solidifying further SIDS cooperation between SIDS as well as between SIDS and their development partners”.

In the remarks of  Hon. Wilfred Peter Elrington, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Belize, “Today’s launch  is the indication of the role of SIDS as leaders of transformation…we call on all fellow SIDS who are not yet parties of the statues to consider doing so, so that on that auspicious occasion we will be all together, united”.

As a SIDS-SIDS institutional mechanism, and advocate for the transformation of the energy sectors of SIDS towards low- carbon, energy efficient and renewable energy based, SIDS DOCK represents and respects the development aspirations of local communities in line with the Barbados Declaration on Achieving Sustainable Energy for All, the SAMOA Pathway and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

High Level Speakers: Ms. Susana Malcora, Chef de Cabinet, United Nations; H.E. Dr. The Hon. Ralph Everard Gonsalves, Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Acting Chair, SIDS DOCK Steering Committee; Honourable Wilfred Peter Elrington, LLB, CLE.SE, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Belize (SIDS DOCK Depository); Dr. Kendrick Leslie, CBE, Executive Director, Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre/Interim SIDS DOCK Secretariat; H.E. Martin Bille Hermann, State Secretary for Development Policy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark; H.E. Peter Launsky Director General for Development Cooperation at the Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs of Austria 2 Mr. Hiroshi Minami, Deputy Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of Japan to the UN; H.E. Mr. Li Yong, Director General, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO); Ms. Dymphna van der Lans, Chief Executive Officer, Clinton Climate Initiative 

To view video from the event, click here.

Photo gallery from the Ceremony of the Formal Establishment of Small Island Developing States Sustainable Energy Initiative DOCK (SIDS DOCK):

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