The international community has failed Small Island Developing States (SIDS).
In the immediate aftermath of the 2017 hurricane season, when Hurricanes Irma and Maria left a trail of death and destruction across the Caribbean, the international community pledged to assist climate vulnerable small states to rebuild and prepare for future events.
Members of the Getting to Zero Coalition – a powerful alliance representing senior leaders within the maritime, energy, infrastructure and finance sectors, and supported by decision-makers from government and IGOs – announced at the UN Climate Action Summit in New York that they will lead the push for international shipping’s decarbonization with the mutual goal of having commercially viable zero emission vessels operating along deep sea trade routes by 2030.
The government is considering paying people to scrap their old bangers in a bid to modernise the vehicle fleet.
The government is considering putting a levy on imported petrol vehicles to help subsidise electric cars.
However Official Information Act documents released to the Newsroom website show it is still investigating a voluntary car scrapping scheme.
Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter told Newsroom she is expecting advice from officials within weeks on the scheme.
A report compiled by a Commission of Inquiry investigating a ferry disaster in Kiribati last year, which killed as many as 81 people, has been released by the government after months of public pressure.
But it has only been released in a hard copy for viewing at the president's office or the national library in the capital, Tarawa.