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GLISPA Leader Palau met the United Nations Secretary General on his first visit to the Pacific...

Palau Pacific UN Secretary General 1Palau Press Advisory, May 10, 2019 — Palau President H.E. Tommy E. Remengesau to meet the United Nations Secretary General António Guterres and other Pacific Leaders on Guterres’s first visit to the Pacific.

President Remengesau travelled this week to Fiji for the third Climate Action Pacific Partnership Conference (CAPP III) which was held on 13 and 14 May 2019 at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva, Fiji.
He welcomed and met the United Nations Secretary General, Mr. António Guterres on his first tour to the Pacific.

The United Nations Secretary General, Mr António Guterres, and leaders from across the Pacific came together to highlight the region’s vulnerabilities to climate change as well as the actions they are taking to build resilience and transition to low-carbon economies. Energy Security, is one of the pillars to achieving the SDGs and Agenda 2030.

The meetings come ahead of the UN Climate Summit in September and will emphasize the need “for urgency as we fast approach 2020, and actions required to keep the 1.5°C target alive, CAPP III sessions will be framed around the Talanoa Call for Action that was presented at COP24 in Poland last year,” according to its organizers.

“It’s no secret that the world is behind the curve in the effort to hold global warming to below 1.5 degrees. This meeting, held in the heart of one of the most climate vulnerable regions in the world, will serve as a crucial reminder to reverse course and do what is necessary to avert the worst of the crisis before it is too late,” said Palau’s President Tommy President Remengesau Jr. “I will also use the occasion to call attention to how climate change is exacerbating other environmental pressures on marine ecosystems Pacific islanders have depended on for thousands of years,” he added.

About the Initiation and establishment of the Regional Pacific NDC Hub:

The Regional Pacific NDC Hub has its origins in the first CAPP Conference in July 2017. The CAPP working group on climate finance recommended the establishment of a facility to pool together resources for a more coordinated and systematic approach for supporting Pacific Island countries with the enhancement and implementation of their NDCs. Following this recommendation, Germany, Australia and the United Kingdom expressed interest in funding the establishment of the facility. The regional hub was launched in November 2017, during COP23 by the COP23 President Hon. Frank Bainimarama, Prime Minister of Fiji.