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High-Level Conference of the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) “Achieving Sustainable Energy for All” (SE4ALL) and Rio+20 SIDS Informal Ministerial Meeting
7-9 May 2012 | Bridgetown, Barbados

Highlights for Monday, 7 May 2012
Dramatic skyline on the west coast of Barbados

The two-day High-Level Conference of the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) “Achieving Sustainable Energy for All” (SE4ALL) opened today in Bridgetown, Barbados. The Barbados SE4ALL Conference is aimed at raising awareness and understanding of SIDS conditions and perspectives on sustainable energy for all, as well as articulating the SIDS commitment to support sustainable energy goals. At the end of the conference, delegates expect to adopt a declaration describing the realities and opportunities of sustainable energy for all from SIDS perspective. The Conference will be followed by the Rio+20 SIDS Informal Ministerial Meeting on 9 May.

During the opening ceremony, Michelle Gyles-McDonnough, UNDP, delivered an address by the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in which he urged SIDS to ensure that their voices are heard in the upcoming Rio+20 meeting. He added that SIDS need to free themselves from being dependent on fossil fuel imports and ensure transformation of energy sectors to modern, clean and sustainable energy.

The conference began with several presenters giving a general overview of energy issues in SIDS. Conference participants continued their work in four plenary sessions which addressed: ensuring affordable and reliable access to modern energy services in SIDS by 2030; doubling the rate of improvement in energy efficiency in SIDS by 2030; doubling the share of renewables in the energy mix in SIDS by 2030; and SIDS DOCK - the SIDS sustainable energy partnership mechanism.

The first day of the conference ended with a ceremonial event highlighting the International Year for Sustainable Energy.

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During the opening ceremony, conference participants were greeted with the performance by Aja and the Peace Ambassadors
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Julian Robinson, Minister of State in the Ministry of Mining, Energy and Information Communication Technology, Jamaica
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Taito Faale Tumaali Faamoetauloa, Minister of State, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Samoa
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Eliot Assimakopoulos, GE Digital Energy
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Vince Henderson, Permanent Representative of Dominica to the UN
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Dolf Gielen, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

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Delegates during the session

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Albert Binger, SIDS DOCK

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Angus Friday, World Bank
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Veerle Vandeweerd, UNDP

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Carsten Staur, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Denmark to the UN
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Samoan delegation: Leiataua Henry Ah Ching, Ministry of Finance, Taito Faale Tumaali Faamoetauloa, Minister of Natural Resource and Environment, and Taulealeausumai Laavasa Malua, Ministry of Natural Resource and Environment

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Official photo of the conference

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*Conference website
*SE4ALL website
*SIDS Dock institutional mechanism for promoting sustainable energy website
*UNCSD or Rio+20 Meeting website

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