Roundtable Gets Results Advances IndustryGovernment Cooperation

first_imgGovernment and industry continue to make progress on encouragingresponsible development of Atlantic Canada’s offshore. The governments of Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador andCanada reported to the Atlantic Energy Roundtable that they arecommitted to renewing Canada’s offshore regulations over the nextfew years. They have also committed to act more quickly on the issue ofreducing drilling costs. The Canadian Offshore Regulation RenewalInitiative will bring government’s approach to regulation in linewith modern standards and internationally accepted best practice. Nova Scotia Energy Minister Cecil Clarke says the roundtable isshowing that government, industry and labour can work together toreach solutions. “The roundtable gives us an opportunity to turn the challengesthat face offshore development into a shared vision,” Mr. Clarkesaid. “In the case of the roundtable, we share a vision whereAtlantic Canadians benefit from new opportunities for prosperity,based on an offshore energy sector that’s sustainable, profitableand managed to the highest standards.” The roundtable also heard that a new proposal for regulatingseismic testing in Canada’s offshore is being released for publiccomment. Mr. Clarke said the proposal is a direct result of theroundtable’s efforts to improve regulatory efficiency. “NovaScotians will find that this proposal uses good science to ensureenvironmental responsibility during the search for new offshoreenergy resources,” Mr. Clarke said. “I believe that this proposalwill give all stakeholders the clarity they’ve been seeking inseismic regulation.” The Atlantic Energy Roundtable consists of representatives ofenergy departments from the four Atlantic provinces, severalfederal government departments, and from industry and labourinvolved in offshore energy development. It concluded its thirdsession in Halifax today, Feb. 19.last_img read more

First States supported by UN Peacebuilding Commission report substantial progress

The two countries, both recovering from years of civil war and factional fighting, were the first to be put on the agenda of the UN Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) when it was set up in 2006, to prevent post-conflict nations from relapsing into bloodshed.“Sierra Leone is on the threshold of transformation in its engagement with the Commission as well as its socio-economic development,” Foreign Minister Samura Kamara told the Assembly’s annual General Debate.“With support from the Peacebuilding Commission and the Peacebuilding Support Office, as well as other international and local development partners, Sierra Leone continues to make significant gains in the areas of good governance, human rights, gender equality and the fight against transnational organized crimes.”Foreign Minister Laurent Kavakure of Burundi. UN Photo/Paulo FilgueirasBurundian Foreign Minister Laurent Kavakure reported that substantial progress has been made in conjunction with the PBC. “In light of the notable advances already made since our country was put on the agenda of the Peacebuilding Commission, Burundi thinks it is time to progressively withdraw from the Commission’s agenda to leave room for other countries which have greater need,” he said. Both ministers stressed the importance of the theme of this year’s 68th Assembly, which is to set the stage for long-term sustainable development in the decades following the end of the current Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) cycle, which seeks to slash extreme poverty and hunger and a host of other social ills. read more