There is no issue that merits more urgent attention or more
immediate action right now in the world than climate change, according
to Thomas Lynge Jensen, Associate Program Specialist for the UNDP’s
Regional Energy Program for Poverty Reduction Centre in Bangkok.
to regional media in Samoa today, Jensen said this urgency was also
included in the Human Development Report (2007/2008) released by UNDP.
The report emphasized that while climate change will undermine
international efforts to combat poverty, it must be seen that “the
fight against poverty and the fight against the effects of climate
change as interrelated efforts”.
Jensen said that climate change
is not only an environment issue but also a human development issue
that regional governments must include in their policies.
“It is the defining human development issue of our generation.”
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is optimistic that climate change is still a preventable crisis, “but
only just … the world has less than a decade to change course”.
of the findings on mitigation that Jensen highlighted are: transforming
the way that we produce and use energy and that over the next few
decades, the world needs an energy revolution that enables all
countries to become low-carbon economies
Some examples of key results of UNDP effort highlighted by Jensen include:
15 country and regional assessments of the key energy
issues, barriers to the development of renewable energy to mitigate
climate change, and capacity development needs for removing the
Preparatory work for possible grid-connected
wind farm on Rarotonga, Cook Islands including feasibility study, wind
measurement, wind resource assessment and geo-technical analysis;
work for possible grid-connect wind farm including wind measurements:
Upolu (Samoa), Rotuma (Fiji) and Funafuti (Tuvalu);
work underway to assess and prepare for 100 percent of power supply in
Tokelau to provided via solar and coconut oil; and
Global market survey of small scale wind turbines in the context of Pacific Island Countries