The Third Pacific Regional Energy and Transport Ministers’ Meeting will bring to the attention of ministers the latest international and regional developments in the energy and maritime transport sectors that affect Pacific Island countries and territories and the trends and challenges for the period 2017 to 2020. The meeting will allow ministers to agree on and commit to regional positions and interventions that will complement national efforts towards achieving accessible, affordable, safe and clean energy and transport services in the Pacific region. These commitments will also contribute to the contribution of both sectors towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The theme of this year’s meeting is Affordable, Reliable and Sustainable Energy and Transport Services for All, which supports the vision of Pacific energy and transport ministers of their sectors being key pillars to enable sustainable development and eradicate poverty.
The week-long meeting will feature a combined plenary for energy and transport officials ahead of the ministers meeting. High on the agenda for energy officials are discussions around needed reforms and regional commitments to facilitate the rapid transition of the region to a more cost competitive, reliable and low carbon economies.
Transport officials will have the opportunity to explore among other things, ways to improve the governance of the maritime sector; the energy efficiency and safety of shipping and ports; prevent marine pollution; facilitate access and contribution of women to the maritime sector; and improve coordination and contribution of Pacific Island countries to international negotiations.
The energy and transport ministers will consider the resolutions of the officials and will also discuss the concept of Green and Blue Economy as well as the challenges of access to multilateral environment funding to support addressing the region’s energy and transport challenges.
Among the high-level speakers at the meeting will be the Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation, LI Yong, the CEO of the Sustainable Energy for ALL (SE4ALL) & Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for ALL, Rachel Kyte, and the Senior Deputy Director of the Technical Cooperation Division of the International Maritime Organization, Juvenal Shiundu.
Please see detailed agenda here.
April 24, 2017 - April 28, 2017
Day 1 and Day 2 will take place at Tanoa Hotel, while Day 3 to Day 5 will be held at Fa'onelua Convention Center, Nuku'alofa Tonga