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. Read More
New York, 26 January 2017 – The United Nations is set to convene the The Ocean Conference from June 5th-9th 2017 to support the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14. The Conference, to be held at UN headquarters in New York, is seen as a breakthrough for global commitment to reverse the decline in the health of the ocean with a strong focus on solutions and effective engagement by all stakeholders. Read More
New York, 22 September 2016 – Small island leaders met with partners from the private sector, civil society and United Nations in New York this week to discuss the eradication of plastic pollution from the ocean and formulate an alliance to avoid, intercept and redesign plastics. Read More
New York, 8 June 2016 – At a special event marking World Oceans Day 2016 with the arrival of the Hōkūleʻa voyaging canoe in New York, Mr. Gyan Chandra Acharya, High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS) and Mr. Cyrill Gutsch, Founder of Parley for the Oceans announced collaboration between the two organisations with a special invitation to Small Island Developing States (SIDS) to rally together to adopt the Parley A.I.R. Strategy (Avoid, Intercept, Redesign) and join the movement to eradicate one of the biggest threats to the marine ecosystem: plastic pollution and set a tone of unity and action towards The Ocean Conference to be held at UN Headquarters in New York. Read More
New York, 22 March 2016 – A global business network for small island developing states was launched on March 22nd, 2016 at a public private partnerships event (P3a) in Aruba. The network, an initiative of the UN Office for the High Representative for Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UNOHRLLS), will link up Small Island Developing States (SIDS) by connecting the SIDS private sector, global business and other national and international stakeholders. Read More
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. Read More