The Vader Piet wind farm on Aruba. Photographer: Robert R Gigliotti.

Policy makers and experts from across the globe have flown into Aruba this week to attend the Week of Sustainable Initiatives.

From November 14-16, the High-Level Training Program on Building Sustainable Development Roadmaps for Small Island Developing States (SIDS) will take place. The Aruban government and the Aruba Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Development of SIDS have organized the training program for SIDS to share experiences, best practices, and lessons.

After all, SIDS are facing similar challenges in addressing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals.

The program will aim to provide actionable and scalable knowledge from and to all SIDS to facilitate this exchange and increase the capacity in building sustainable development roadmaps among policy makers.

The main focus lies on sustainable energy, public-private partnerships, sustainable tourism, and social adoption. Several organizations, such as the University of Aruba and the Aruban government, will share their own lessons and experiences as well.

Women in Renewable Energy

The Solar Park at the Reina Beatrix International Airport on Aruba.

The Solar Park at the Reina Beatrix International Airport on Aruba.

From November 16-17, the Women in Renewable Energy (WIRE) Network Session, an initiative of the Clinton Climate Initiative and Chelsea Clinton, will take place.

The WIRE Network session is organized by the Government of Aruba and the Clinton Foundation, and will provide training opportunities as well as network opportunities for women in the island energy sector.

In addition, the network sessions provide visitors the opportunity to recognize successful foreign and local leaders in the island energy industry, and feature present female leaders sharing their paths and perseverance, and the required technical skills.

The session addresses the potential for greater and equal participation of women by shedding light on the status of women in the global energy sector.

Separately, the WIRE Mentor Network Session is a private session for successful WIRE Mentor applicants, and is designed to empower 20 women to advance their careers and rise to new levels of leadership within their organizations and learn from their peers.

In addition, the Clinton Climate Initiative works closely with island governments, utilities, and civil society in the energy sector, in which female leaders are often underrepresented.

7th Green Aruba Conference

logo_greenarubaThe Aruban government will organize the Green Aruba Conference VII: Transformation to a Sustainable Energy Mix on November 17-18. Green Aruba is an annual conference launched in 2010 to emphasize Aruba’s energy transition to 100 percent fuel independence by 2020.

Green Aruba has evolved into a practical, valuable, and well-known platform within the region over the years. This year’s Green Aruba Conference focuses on the transition to a sustainable energy mix, as Aruba increases its sustainable energy sources and the primary energy source phase out.

Due to the intermittent nature of renewable energy sources, Aruba is exploring how to develop and establish renewable energy sources that lead to a stable and constant energy supply.

Besides showcasing Aruba’s progress and challenges regarding to the transition to cleaner and more environmental friendly resources, Green Aruba also exhibits the experiences and knowledge of other institutions and island nations in this field.

For more information, visit Green Aruba.