RE and EE Regional Centers to Launch Island Women Sustainable Energy & Climate Resilience Network

June 18, 2015 | By
ECOWGEN

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There is no doubt that the global energy system needs to undergo the biggest transformation in modern history and bold policy measures will be required to enable the energy sector to deliver on this challenge[1]. Without the active participation of women, it will be impossible for Small Island Developing States (SIDS) to transition to Sustainable Energy For All and to achieve the SIDS DOCK goal to increase energy efficiency by 25 percent (2005 baseline) and to generate a minimum of 50 percent of electric power from renewable sources and a 50 percent decrease in conventional transportation fuel use by 2033: Island Energy for Island Life 25-50-25 by 2033.

Throughout the world, women represent a substantial, underutilised force for sustainable development. Recognising this, SIDS DOCK is seeking to put in place a gender equality intervention strategy to ensure actions are taken to guarantee women’s participation and inclusion in the new transformed, low carbon economy in SIDS. If not, women will have the least capacity to participate or be involved in discussions or negotiations on sustainable energy and adaptation strategies and approaches.

SIDS DOCK was launched in December 2010, in Cancun, Mexico, with four Partners: the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS); United Nations Development Programme (UNDP); The World Bank, and the Government of Denmark, which announced a grant of USD14.5 million in start-up contributions. In December 2011, in Durban, South Africa, the Government of  Japan joined the SIDS DOCK Partnership with a pledge of USD 15 million, over two years (2012-2014).

SIDS DOCK, the Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs of the Republic of Austria, and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), announced a historic partnership in March 2014, worth millions of Euros, to establish a network of regional Centres for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency in SIDS. The Government of Austria, through the Austrian Development Agency (ADA), has committed to fund the establishment and first operational phase for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Centres in the Caribbean (CCREEE), Indian Ocean (IOCREEE), and the Pacific (PCREEE), and to provide support to the African islands at the ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE).

The SIDS DOCK Women’s Sustainable Energy Network (SIDS DOCK W-SEN) will be set up as an informal network with a Women’ Desk responsible for overall management and coordination of network activities. The SIDS DOCK W-SEN will be hosted by the SIDS DOCK NFM Program Organization (SIDSDOCK.org).  The SIDS DOCK NFM Program Organisation would undertake capacity building activities, invest in non-commercial low carbon projects, manage relationships with donors and others, and undertake other activities supporting SIDS DOCK.  The Program Organization could receive and disburse all manner of grants and support that furthers the mission of SIDS DOCK and would be a “charitable” organization in that it would pursue the reduction of poverty, enhancement of the environment and transition to a sustainable development path for vulnerable people.

The SIDS DOCK Assembly, Executive Council and the SIDS DOCK Secretariat would provide strategic guidance and direction to the network and its activities. The SIDS DOCK W-SEN can further rely on a group of technical advisors at the CCCCC, SPREP and ECREEE, who can support the network’s activities at the international, regional and national levels on a demand-driven basis.

 

[1] As noted by Dr. Christoph Frei, Secretary-General of the World Energy Council, in commenting on the SE4ALL

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