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The Kigali Cooling Efficiency Program (K-CEP) and IIEC have finalized plans to support the Governments of Palau and the Cook Islands to develop standards and financial mechanisms for efficient, clean cooling. IIEC will provide technical assistance in the design and implementation of appropriate financing mechanisms to facilitate the market transformation to high-efficiency and climate-friendly inverter-type air-conditioners (ACs) in the commercial sector with focus on the hotel sector in Palau and the Cook Islands. Appropriate financing mechanisms will be developed in collaboration with Financial Institutions (FIs) and electric utilities in the selected countries to support AC suppliers and commercial customers for adoption of high-efficiency and climate-friendly ACs.

Water and Sanitation Troubles in Haiti

Prior to the 2010 Port-au-Prince earthquake, access to clean water was already an issue in Haiti, long considered one of the poorest countries in the Americas. Few homes were connected to water pipes, and sanitation problems caused frequent illness. After the 7.0 earthquake hit on January 12, 2010, with weeks of aftershocks following, buildings collapsed or were severely damaged. Nearly 200,000 people died, with many more fleeing to the countryside. This further taxed and contaminated already scarce sources of clean water.