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.

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.