At the Third International Conference on SIDS, held in September 2014 in Apia, Samoa, UNIDO and SIDS DOCK launched a SAMOA Pathway Partnership, which aims at the establishment of a network of regional sustainable energy centres for SIDS in Africa, Caribbean, Pacific and Indian Ocean. This constitutes one of the official commitments made. Laudable progress has been achieved and the network has become fully operational.
UNIDO's involvement includes the below:
Mission Transforming Island Lives! The Network of Regional Sustainable Energy Centres for Small Island Developing States (SIDS)
The Caribbean Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Centre (CCREEE) is operating in Bridgetown, Barbados, and the Pacific Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (PCREEE) in Nuku’alofa, Tonga. The ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE), based in Praia, Cabo Verde, acts as hub for African SIDS. The network receives key technical support by UNIDO and financial assistance by the Governments of Austria, Norway and Spain.
The centres are owned by the respective regional organisations and governed by ratified international agreements. They aim to accelerate the uptake of sustainable energy technology markets by creating economies of scale, equal progress and spill-over effects between countries. Through regional approaches, the centres complement and replicate national efforts in the areas of policy and regulations, capacity development, knowledge management and awareness, as well as investment and business promotion. The centres serve as hubs for domestic and international partnerships. Under the umbrella of the GN-SEC and SIDS DOCK, the centres cooperate on SIDS-SIDS energy issues and solutions.
Objectives of the event:
The high-level luncheon event “Mission Transforming Island Lives! The Network of Regional Sustainable Energy Centres for Small Island Developing States” is being organized under the umbrella of the Global Network of Regional Sustainable Energy Centres (GN-SEC), by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) together with the Small Island Sustainable Energy and Climate Resilience Organization (SIDS DOCK) and the United Nations Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and the Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS).
It will review the progress of the SAMOA Pathway Partnership on the Network of Regional Sustainable Energy Centres for SIDS. Each regional centre will get the opportunity to “pitch” its transformative vision and at least one innovative regional priority programme to the participating high-level delegates for discussion and consideration.