Energy and Transport Ministers and officials from the Pacific were called to form an effective union by the Prime Minister of Samoa, Tuilaepa Sailelei Malielegaoi, in support of the ‘Blue Pacific’ action to ensure a safe and secure future for Pacific island countries in the face of climate change.
He made this call at the recent 4th Pacific Regional Energy & Transport Ministers Meeting held in Apia, Samoa from 18 to 20 September 2019, themed, “Sustainable Energy & Transport Services for the Blue Pacific.”
The meeting was an opportunity to review past commitments and the progress made with regard to the provision of sustainable, modern and efficient energy services, and sustainable, reliable and safe transportation and mobility in the Pacific Islands Region.
From the three day meeting, a total of 32 Outcomes were reached from both Energy and Transport officials.
Pacific and International ship operators were directed to prioritize safety issues, while transport ministers committed to reducing greenhouse emissions and the use of fossil fuels.
Energy Ministers reaffirmed climate change as the single greatest threat to the livelihoods, security and wellbeing of the peoples of the Pacific with a vision for 100 percent renewable energy generation in the Pacific. They also called for closer coordination and alignment of regional efforts on sustainable energy through the Pacific Community in collaboration with development partners.