HLPF SIDE EVENT HOSTED BY PALAU, FAO, AND NEW ZEALAND

REMARKS FROM PRESIDENT TOMMY E. REMENGESAU, JR.

HLPF SIDE EVENT: ACCELERATING PROGRESS ON THE SDGS THROUGH THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE GLOBAL ACTION PROGRAMME ON FOOD SECURITY AND NUTRITION IN SIDS

15 JULY 2019

Ministers, excellencies, partners, friends:

Ambassador Young, thank you for your introduction and moderating today’s event.

I particularly want to welcome Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva, who completes his service as Director-General of the FAO this month. Palau and the SIDS family have had a strong partnership with the FAO under your leadership, as co-hosting today’s event demonstrates, and we look forward to continuing this partnership with your successor.

And of course, I want to thank Her Excellency Ms. Inga Rhondda King for her leadership as President of ECOSOC and overseeing this year’s HLPF.

Palau presents its first Voluntary National Review tomorrow, and the first SDG that our VNR discusses is actually SDG2. This demonstrates the importance of food and nutrition for our sustainable development journey as a whole.

Two years ago I was delighted to be in Rome for the launch of the Global Action Programme on Food Security and Nutrition in SIDS. One key emphasis of the GAP is the importance of fostering sustainable, resilient and nutrition-sensitive food systems.

In Palau, one step towards this goal is catalyzing the development of a domestic artisanal tuna fishery when the Palau National Marine Sanctuary begins its implementation phase next year. Through improving local access to high quality tuna, we hope that the Sanctuary will also improve our food security.

In May of this year, I signed a presidential directive for all government events serving fish to ‘Choose Pelagics’ over reef fish. I hope that this action will show the way forward, to encourage the consumption of high-nutrition, domestically-produced food by our communities. And the synergies with the other SDGs are also important: to benefit from our environmental conservation efforts, and to support sustainable, quality employment and work.

I hope that this evening, we will be able to see other ways of how we have made progress in improving the state of food security and nutrition in SIDS regions. I hope that we will be able to re-commit to our partnership together through the GAP, and to accelerate its implementation to ultimately realize the 2030 Agenda.

Thank you.

Climate Change Bilateral Meeting with UAE

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The Abu Dhabi Climate Preparatory Meeting was held on 30th of June – 1st of July, 2019 to support a stocktaking of efforts within the 9 action tracks of the UN Secretary General’s 2019 Climate Action Summit. During this time a bilateral meeting was held between Palau and the UAE. Palau was represented by Honorable Minister Dr. Emais Roberts, Minister of Health who shared his thoughts on the success of the meeting with   H.E. Dr. Thani Al Zeyoudi, UAE’s Minister of Climate Change and the Environment and Head of Delegation. 

Topics discussed during the bilateral included the ambitious SIDS deliverable being lead by Palau under the Energy Transition Coalition Track focused ( 1 of 9 action tracks) on enhancing renewable energy transition efforts in global SIDS, outcomes of the first Ministerial Meeting of Health and Climate Ministers held during the Abu Dhabi Climate Meeting and Palau’s historic hosting of the Our Ocean 2020 Conference. Minister Emais congratulated Dr. Al Zeyoudi on UAE’s leadership on ocean conservation and H.E. Olai Uludong shared on Palau’s work on climate and energy within the United Nations.

Palau establishes diplomatic ties with Nicaragua

Screen Shot 2019-06-27 at 5.53.13 PMThe Permanent Representative of Palau H.E. Ms. Ngedikes Olai Uludong and the Permanent Representative of Nicaragua H.E. Mr. Jaime Hermida Castillo, established diplomatic relations at the Permanent Mission of Nicaragua to the United Nations in New York City on 17 June 2019. Nicaragua is the ninety first country Palau has signed diplomatic relations with.

Both Countries agreed to further bilateral cooperation with interest in support at the United Nations in the bilateral and multilateral sphere, support for biodiversity beyond national jurisdictionOcean issues, security of the pacific, climate change and energy as well as the need to balance conservation and tourism.Screen Shot 2019-06-27 at 5.53.36 PM

Nicaragua is a country in Central America, it is bordered by Honduras to the North West, Costa Rica to the South, the Caribbean Sea to the East, and the Pacific Ocean to the West. It is known for its dramatic terrain of lakes, volcanoes and beaches and the iconic stratovolcano Momotombo which sits north of the capital Managua. Nicaragua is a country of 6.21 Million and is a land that’s known as a renewable energy paradise. A vast majority of Nicaragua’s electricity comes from hydroelectric dams, geothermal plants and wind farms that lie on the shores of Lake Nicaragua which stretches halfway across the country. In the last decade, Nicaragua has made tremendous progress with their mitigation and ambition track in hopes to achieve their renewable energy goal of ninety percent by 2027.

SIDS Energy Transition

Screen Shot 2019-06-28 at 7.34.39 PMAs a follow up to the SIDS Energy Transition stocktaking meeting on May 24th 2019 convened 

by the Mission of Palau together with the Co-Chairs of the Energy Transition Working Group, Denmark and Ethiopia, and the SG’s Climate Action Summit team, the Palau Mission convened a pre-Abu Dhabi gathering of SIDS on the 21st of June.

An Ambitious SIDS Energy Transition Deliverable for the Climate Summit was presented by H.E. Ms. Ngedikes Olai Uludong, Permanent Representative of Palau to the UN. An update on the work of the Energy Transition Working Group was presented by the Co-Chairs of the Energy Transition Working Group and the UN SG’s Climate Action Team. The UN SG’s Action Team/ UAE UN Mission discussed the expectations for Abu Dhabi.

Due to SIDS having multiple ministers for different government divisions, issues/ questions were raised as to specifying which minister will be sent for the Abu Dhabi climate summit for the Energy Transition Deliverable.

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The zero draft concept for the SIDs Energy Transition deliverable as prepared by the Palau Mission with assistance from the Energy Coalition track and supporting partner agencies was circulated following the meeting. This updated document will be presented to SIDS delegations in attendance at Abu Dhabi and used as a guide to develop a concrete SIDS deliverable on Energy Transition to be announced at the Climate Summit.

 

Palau Establishes Diplomatic Ties with Nicaragua

Screen Shot 2019-06-27 at 5.53.13 PMThe Permanent Representative of Palau H.E. Ms. Ngedikes Olai Uludong and the Permanent Representative of Nicaragua H.E. Mr. Jaime Hermida Castillo, established diplomatic relations at the Permanent Mission of Nicaragua to the United Nations in New York City on 17 June 2019. Nicaragua is the ninety first country Palau has signed diplomatic relations with.

Both Countries agreed to further bilateral cooperation with interest in support at the United Nations in the bilateral and multilateral sphere, support for biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction Ocean issues, security of the pacific, climate change and energy as well as the need to balance conservation and tourism.Screen Shot 2019-06-27 at 5.53.36 PM

Nicaragua is a country in Central America, it is bordered by Honduras to the North West, Costa Rica to the South, the Caribbean Sea to the East, and the Pacific Ocean to the West. It is known for its dramatic terrain of lakes, volcanoes and beaches and the iconic stratovolcano Momotombo which sits north of the capital Managua. Nicaragua is a country of 6.21 Million and is a land that’s known as a renewable energy paradise. A vast majority of Nicaragua’s electricity comes from hydroelectric dams, geothermal plants and wind farms that lie on the shores of Lake Nicaragua which stretches halfway across the country. In the last decade, Nicaragua has made tremendous progress with their mitigation and ambition track in hopes to achieve their renewable energy goal of ninety percent by 2027.

Palau Presides Over Adoption of Historic UN Arms Trade Treaty

2 April – The United Nations General Assembly has voted to adopt a historic arms trade treaty, with Palau presiding over the final vote (pictured). The agreement, which has been years in the making, would regulate the international trade in arms and conventional weapons. A majority of countries were in favor, with 154 Member States voting in support, 3 against, and 23 abstaining.

Read more from the UN News Centre here: http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=44539#.UVtfD6tASth

UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz
UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz

President Remengesau looks to new drone technologies to protect Palau’s waters

In order to enforce the newly-proposed ban on commercial fisheries, President Remengesau has started looking into using drone technology to protect Palau’s seas and marine sanctuaries.

Read more about the story here: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-03-25/an-palau-may-use-drones-to-monitor-fishing-ban/4592626?section=australianetworknews

Pacific Islands Champion Oceans and Climate Change in First Sustainable Development Goals Discussions

On March 14th, His Excellency Mr. Robert G. Aisi, Permanent Representative of Papua New Guinea to the United Nations and Chair of the Pacific Small Island Developing States (PSIDS) to the United Nations, gave a statement on behalf Palau and others at the meeting of the Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). He emphasized the need for procedural cooperation and continued discussion on oceans as a priority agenda in the post-2015 SDG framework.

The statement can be read by clicking here. Please visit our Official Statements page.