Sep 5, 2016

Palau president tells fellow Pacific leaders to ‘act globally’

written by Tina Baumgartner
in category Uncategorized

HONOLULU — President of Palau and co-chair of the Global Island Partnership, Tommy Remengesau, urged his fellow Pacific Leaders convening in Hawaii for the 10th Pacific Islands Conference of Leaders Meeting to act globally to save the world for future generations.

He echoed the call at a function hosted by the Hawaiian governor, David Ige, to welcome the PICL meeting delegates including Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare of the Solomon Islands. Development partners and donors also attended the function held at the governor’s mansion.

Global Island Partnership is an initiative promoting action to build resilient and sustainable island communities by inspiring leadership, catalyzing commitments and facilitating collaboration. It is a partnership for all islands, regardless of size or political status, to take greater action to conserve and sustainably utilize invaluable island natural resources that support people, culture and livelihoods around the world. The other co-chairs are the president of Seychelles and prime minister of Grenada.

Tommy Remengesau, President of Palau

Tommy Remengesau, President of Palau

“I think the appropriate summary of what we need to do is to act globally because we are thinking globally. I know we look forward to many good remarks this week from scientists and people who know that we got to do something immediately, else our children’s children will not have a world to enjoy like we do today and that’s really the heart and soul of our (global island partnership) mission.

“Let’s not just think about our generation. We’ve got to think about the next generation and its next generation and generations to come because if we don’t think about their future, there will be no future for them,” President Remengesau said.

Also in in his remarks at the occasion, the Palauan president announced the inclusion of Hawaii in the environment conservation initiative.

“I just want to impress on everyone here tonight that Global Island Partnership gladly welcomes the inclusion of the State of Hawaii to its membership.”

He added that the Global Island Partnership, which has done a lot of things throughout the years through collaboration with its partners, looks forward not only to having more partners and members from the Pacific Islands region but beyond to enhance its nature conservation network.

Remengesau said the Micronesian bloc — the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of Marshall Islands, the Republic of Palau, the Territory of Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands — has successfully launched an initiative called the Micronesian Challenge as part of its contribution to global nature conservation efforts.

The Micronesian Challenge is aimed at preserving the natural resources that are crucial to the survival of Pacific traditions, cultures and livelihoods. The overall goal of the initiative is to effectively conserve at least 30 percent of the near-shore marine resources and 20 percent of the terrestrial resources across Micronesia by 2020.

Reposted from Marianas Variety (Regional News), 5 September 2016