Mike Eman II Cabinet for Sustainable Prosperity
The Prime Minister of Aruba Mike Eman kicked off the New Year 2015 with a speech detailing the attention and commitment of the Mike Eman II Cabinet. This is not a question of a change of direction or trend, but rather lighting the fire and a joining of forces. We are coming into the next phase of social economic progress built on togetherness and solidarity.
From the perspective of a sustainable prosperity for Aruba and good health for the people; the Mike Eman II Government has been working for the Aruban society since 2009 and continues to perpetuate a fresh forward motion. We connect by working with social partners, citizens and the economy Kingdom partners to make the environment ready for a prosperous future, where no one gets left behind.
Why do this?
Striving to successfully meet the challenges of the global economy on new terms, Aruba has set the course to fundamentally transform leadership with social economic progress based on smart growth; capable of addressing the enormous challenge of delivering a lasting prosperity where green and sustainable initiatives will lead to well-being for every Aruban. As the record has shown, our approach has been comprehensive and inclusive of all sectors of society to ensure the sustainability of our milestones since taking office for the first time in 2009.
As part of Aruba’s strategic transformation, we are shifting towards long term gain investments in city and neighborhood renewal, citizen engagement and overall well-being. The approach is “a special Aruba to live in is a special Aruba to share with our visitors”. This implies renovation of of public spaces, of public institutions and defining a common purpose, such that it will impact the very way our citizens and visitors experience our green areas, parks, recreation centers, libraries, museums, public transportation; in short, the overall experience of Aruba. With national programs such as “Bo Aruba” and “Bo Bario”, Aruba is setting physical and social building blocks for enhanced quality of life and a new vision of social participation; setting a proper balance between these vital dimensions of what it means to be human and how we relate to our environment. This is a balance that has been lost in our lives, in our institutions and in our economies. The pursuit of happiness and well-being is the cornerstone of Aruba’s vision.
Faced with high energy costs and a strong need to protect our environment, Aruba has set a policy in turning sustainable growth into sustainable well-being. In 2009, the government of Aruba introduced a new strategy for its utility services, prioritizing the inevitable environmental concerns of our small island and also moving away from reliance on the fluctuations of the oil market. This approach was crystallized in the 100% sustainable energy target for 2020, announced at the Rio+20 conference in 2012, its flagship policy aim. We believe that our green initiatives will lead to sustainable growth and well-being for our country and our citizens.
Our 2020 Vision embraces sustainable development. I hope this document demonstrates a snapshot of the process, milestones, and initiatives we have taken to validate our approach to smart growth which can only be possible with the continued collaboration of our strategic partners, along with pioneers for sustainability.
“In Aruba, we are looking forward to achieving our first Green Hour of electricity completely generated by renewable energy, and then our first Green Day, Green Week and so on until we have achieved our ultimate goal.”
We have made much progress in our path towards 100% sustainability. The Government of Aruba started its journey in 2009 with our first annual Green Aruba conference in 2010. The aim was to set the foundation for a catalyst of change where Former Vice-President Al Gore lent a hand to set the tone for a future ‘Green Aruba’. Since then, Aruba’s vision has spread to the region and the world.
Aruba has set its goal to become 100% independent of fossil fuels by 2020 with electricity and potable water generation. In order to achieve this, diversification of the economy through the Clean Technology initiatives has to be taken, including diversification through sectors that have the potential for long-term sustainable growth and the ability to develop a highly trained and educated workforce. By the end of 2016 we aim to achieve almost 50% of penetration of renewables in our energy and water production.
Utilities Aruba NV, together with WEB Aruba NV, NV Elmar and all the other energy stakeholders, are essential in realizing the sustainable vision set forth by this government. Together, we all are committed to taking practical steps to reach our goal by gradually transforming the energy sector from one that depends on fossil fuels to one that is fundamentally renewable, but also affordable. More so, Aruba hopes it cannot only set an example for its neighboring islands and region in renewable energy and sustainability, but share its knowledge and best practices with them as well.
There is growing realization that just as we cannot keep living on this planet as if we had another one to go to, we cannot live on this island as if we have another one to inhabit. By hosting the Green Aruba conferences, we offer both public and private sector, locally and internationally, the opportunity to take a close look at the Aruba model and to participate in its development by using the island asa platform to do business between Latin America and Europe, namely the Green Gateway. The transition to renewable energy can create not only a cleaner environment but also generate great economic opportunities and growth for all whom are willing to participate in it.
Our ultimate goal is to create a socially, environmentally and economically resilient island that takes advantage of efficient use of its abundant natural and clean resources and to implement projects that will sustain high quality local jobs for current and future generations.
PRIME MINISTER OF ARUBA
How will we do this?
Change without a clear purpose and mission is not possible. Individuals can be exposed to incentives and to status competition, as well as companies are obliged to operate under demanding market conditions. A transition from narrow self-interest to social forms of behavior or of a ceaseless flow of novelty to the deliberate preservation of things that matter, can only take place if those changes are accompanied by changes in the underlying structure, changes that increase the involvement and encourage social behavior. That connection is a responsibility of the Government, therefore we take the initiative as we have done over the past four years.
There is a whole series of policy measures needed to build up social capital and strengthen communities. These include: the creation and maintenance of public spaces; encouraging sustainability initiatives from the (local) community; providing training for green jobs; offering better access to lifelong learning and skills; putting more responsibility for planning in the hands of local communities; and the protection of parks and green spaces. These are also traditionally places for cultivating a common citizenship, where people of different denominations meet and feel to share in each other’s lives, so they can begin to see each other.
The modern world has elements that aggravate harmonious development between prosperity and well-being. Our technologies, our economy and our social aspirations can have ingredients that are not always with a meaningful interpretation of prosperity. The idea of social progress that moves us – based as it is on a constant increase of our material needs – is essentially unsustainable. Our failure is not merely a shortfall compared to utopian ideals, it is more basic: in our pursuit of the good life today we systematically attack the foundation of our well-being of tomorrow. We run the real risk of losing any prospects of a lasting prosperity shared by all.
Our second challenge is to find appropriate ways to respond to the biggest dilemma of our time: reconciling our pursuit for a good life with the limits of a finite planet. Finding a credible vision of what it means for a human society to thrive within ecological limits in order to achieve sustainable prosperity.
our World Approach
The Government of Aruba has opened the doors to the world with its vast ambitions. Aruba as a small country that has traditionally leaned on international initiatives, will now explicitly contribute to the realization of objectives that are internationally regarded as worth pursuing and which most all countries have joined. Faced with high energy costs and a strong need to protect our environment, Aruba has set a policy in turning sustainable growth into sustainable wellbeing.
In 2009, the government of Aruba introduced a new strategy for its utility services, prioritizing the inevitable environmental concerns of our small island and also moving away from reliance on the fluctuations of the oil market. This approach was crystallized in the 100% sustainable energy target for 2020, announced at the Rio+20 conference in 2012, our flagship policy aim.
We believe that our green initiatives will lead to sustainable growth and wellbeing for our country and our citizens Aruba contributes to the realization of the Rio+20 millennium development goals:
|Goal 1||End poverty in all its forms everywhere|
|Goal 2||End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture|
|Goal 3||Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages|
|Goal 4||Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all|
|Goal 5||Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls|
|Goal 6||Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all|
|Goal 7||Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all|
|Goal 8||Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all|
|Goal 9||Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation|
|Goal 10||Reduce inequality within and among countries|
|Goal 11||Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable|
|Goal 12||Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns|
|Goal 13||Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts *|
|Goal 14||Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development|
|Goal 15||Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss|
|Goal 16||Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels|
|Goal 17||Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development|