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International Year of Sustainable Energy for All – SPC organises essay and poetry competitions


1 March 2012, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Suva, Fiji

In December 2010, the United Nations General Assembly declared 2012 the International Year of Sustainable Energy for All, recognising that access to modern affordable energy services in developing countries is essential for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals and sustainable development.


To mark the occasion, SPC has organised school poetry and essay competitions on the topic of 'sustainable energy for all'.


It is estimated that about 70% of the people in the Pacific still do not have access to electricity. The cost of electricity in the region is among the highest in the world, while petroleum imports continue to increase. Total energy losses in some power utilities are as high as 25% and renewable energy opportunities and efficiency gains in the transport sector remain generally underutilised.

It is for these reasons that, in the 2011 Forum Leaders Meeting, the Leaders reaffirmed their commitment to renewable energy and the promotion of energy efficiency. They agreed on the value of energy audits and of developing credible whole of sector plans such as energy road maps and structures to improve energy security, reduce dependency on fossil fuel for electricity generation and improve access to electricity. The Leaders also expressed support for the development of effective management of fuel supply risks and meeting energy efficiency targets.

The Energy Programme of SPC’s Economic Development Division (EDD), in collaboration with the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme, the University of the South Pacific, the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, the Pacific Power Association and the International Union for Conservation of Nature, as well as the Pacific Island countries and territories (PICTs), is organising and coordinating activities to be held this year in order to increase awareness of the importance of addressing energy issues, including modern energy services for all, access to affordable energy, energy efficiency and the sustainability of energy sources and use.


For more information on the school poetry and essay competitions, follow the links below:


SPC school essay competition

SPC school poetry competition

Last Updated on Thursday, 08 March 2012 12:39