New York, 2 February 2017 – Article by Diego Acevedo, Co-Founder, Bluerise
Due to their small scale, most tropical islands suffer from high energy costs related to the import of liquid fuels, such as diesel or heavy fuel oil. With conventional electricity costs often ranging well above 20 to 50 U.S. cents per kilowatt-hour, these countries would benefit from the more rapid implementation of sustainable energy alternatives.
New York, 12 February 2017 – Sylvie and Kitiona Salanoa, owners of natural skincare brand Mailelani Samoa, have always nurtured a dream to showcase the beauty, tranquility and lush lifestyle of their homeland Samoa, and of the islands. They need not look further than their compound, as staring them in the face as they lounged in their veranda was the ever hardy, resourceful coconut tree!
They vowed that they wanted to develop a business that was not simply about making money. Their shared vision was to boost the local economy, by getting villagers to participate and benefit from active enterprise and showcasing the results from locally produced products using home grown resources.
New York, 28 August 2015 – Businesses of all sizes and sectors are contributing to sustainable development the world over. For the United Nations (UN), most UN entities are actively working with business to address a wide spectrum of issues from: health, food security, education, disaster risk reduction, decent work, tourism, renewable energy and climate change. There are various routes taken for collaboration from small rural businesses to start-ups, small and medium enterprises to large multinational corporations. Collaboration can likewise be with single businesses through to broad value-based frameworks for action in the form of multi-stakeholder collective initiatives.
New York, 27 August 2015 – Switching to renewable energy sources is a promising prospect for small island developing States (SIDS) as so many are heavily affected by the high and volatile prices of fossil fuels. Importantly, SIDS have set ambitious goals – under the 2012 Barbados Declaration for Sustainable Energy for All in SIDS – to boost energy efficiency and achieve – in some cases – 100% renewable energy use. Samoa for instance announced in mid-2015 its goal to achieve 100% renewable energy by 2017. SIDS are amongst the most ardent voices on the impacts of climate change on islands and the world at large, and are leading the call for a rapid transition to renewable energy as an important contribution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Through durable partnerships with all stakeholders, the transition from fossil fuels remains an achievable goal for these countries in a very short space of time.
New York, 26 August 2015 – The SIDS Accelerated Modalities of Action Pathway (SAMOA Pathway) recognises the increasingly important role of the private sector in achieving the sustainable economic development of SIDS including through cooperation and partnerships with inter-governmental and public sectors.