President Remengesau Delivers a Powerful Speech at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change COP23 in Germany

REMARKS OF
HIS EXCELLENCY PRESIDENT TOMMY E. REMENGESAU, JR.
PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF PALAU
23rd CONFERENCE OF THE PARTIES
UNITED NATIONS FRAMEWORK CONVENTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE

Mr. President, the Honorable Prime Minister of Fiji and President of the 23rd Conference of the Parties,
Excellencies,
Friends,

I would like to congratulate my colleague from the Pacific, the Honorable Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama, on the Presidency of the 23rd Conference of the Parties.

On behalf of the People of Palau, I would also like to extend our deepest condolences to those who have had their lives devastated by the recent spate of hurricanes and typhoons across Asia and the Americas. The world must not abandon the affected communities in their time of need. Make no mistake, these are not natural disasters.  As vulnerable countries have warned for decades, they are the inevitable consequence of short-sighted policy choices.

The world must start listening to vulnerable countries.

Mr. President,

Palau is under no illusions about the impact one small island nation can have on the planet. But we have nonetheless chosen to lead by example. Our small size – often a disadvantage in the global economy – makes us nimble enough to embrace new solutions. Modest resources can have a transformational impact. Indeed, small islands can be the incubators of new ideas and new approaches.

That is why my country has committed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 22% by 2025 — 50% below business as usual.  At least 45% of our electricity will come from the sun and the wind.  This is not just good climate policy. It is also good economics. Renewable energy will bring more stable energy prices, and improved fiscal outlook, and far greater energy security. Palau is ready to free itself from the burden of fossil fuels.

We are working hard to implement our NDC and encourage private sector investment, but we cannot do this alone. Palau is grateful to have received initial technical support from a number of sources:

  • IRENA is finalizing the Palau Energy Roadmap.
  • New Zealand is conducting grid analysis and installing rooftop solar on the community college.
  • Japan International Cooperation Agency is supporting work on maintenance and repair of our current transmission grid.
  • And US National Renewable Energy Laboratory has provided technical support on energy efficiency standards among other issues.

This is what international cooperation looks like, and we all will need a lot more if we are to achieve our Paris goals.

Palau also recognizes the important link between the climate and the ocean, and we applaud the efforts of Fiji to bring attention to this issue.  This is a space in which Palau has been a leader for many years.

Our contribution to the restoration of our precious global commons is the Palau National Marine Sanctuary. We have set aside 80 percent of our maritime territory — 500,000 square kilometers of ocean—as a no-take marine sanctuary. The remaining 20 percent will remain accessible for regulated and sustainable domestic fishing to ensure food security for Palauans now and in the future. The Sanctuary is critical to building the resilience of our fisheries and coral reef ecosystems to the impacts of climate change, acidification, and other human impacts, and to maintaining the ocean’s capacity to serve as an effective carbon sink.

Here, too, we are relying on our partners to assist in the implementation of the Sanctuary and the enforcement of its restrictions on commercial fishing. Palau is grateful for assistance provided by Nippon Foundation/Sasakawa Peace Foundation, which is helping us develop and implement a monitoring and enforcement plan. Google has also become an important partner, lending their immense global mapping capacity to the effort. Other countries and organizations are stepping up as well.

Mr. President,

Big ideas can come from small places. Palau is doing all it can to demonstrate that our internationally agreed goals do in fact mean something, and are the guiding star as we navigate toward a sustainable future.  We are ready to show the world that a better future is possible.

My friends, it is time to start listening to vulnerable countries.

Thank you.

 

Click on the link to download PDF copy of President Remengesau’s speech: Palau HL Statement COP23 – 15 Nov 2017_FINAL

Outstanding National Government Employees Awarded for their Excellence

For Immediate Release
Serial No. PR-17-067
November 22, 2017
Office of the President

Outstanding National Government Employees Awarded for their Excellence

On November 22, the National Government gathered together at the Palau National Gymnasium to honor and recognize the efforts of Public Service System employees for their outstanding performance, diligence and achievements over the course of the past year.

In his message to all National Government employees during the annual Employee Appreciation Day, President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr. encouraged everyone to commit their partnership and teamwork as an Executive Branch Family, who are working hand-in-hand to executive exceptional delivery of services to the People of Palau.

The following outstanding employees were awarded each with $500.00 cash prize and a certificate in recognition of their hard work and exceptional performance within their respective Ministries:

  1. Tetsuro Emesiochel, Media Information Manager, Office of the President
  2. Jason Brel, Police Officer III, Ministry of Justice
  3. Errolflynn Kloulechad, Historical Preservation Officer Specialist I, Ministry of Community and Cultural Affairs
  4. Aileen Mikel, Education Specialist III, Ministry of Education
  5. Godwin Silang, Environmental Health Specialist, Ministry of Health
  6. Melvira Kyarii Kazuma, Administrative Officer I, Ministry of Natural, Resources, Environment and Tourism
  7. Hazel Limei Tesei, Planning Analyst II, Ministry of Finance
  8. Maureen Miozawa, Administrative Specialist, Ministry of Public Infrastructure, Industries and Commerce
  9. Patrick Moses, Radio Announcer III, Ministry of State

The Employee of the Year is selected based on their leadership skills, professional achievement, innovation in the work place, customer service, effort, teamwork and collaboration, and excellent communication skills.

On behalf of President Remengesau and the Office of the President, thank you to the Employee of the Year recipients and all Public Service System employees for their continued dedication to the job.

Click the following link to download this press release: Press Release_2017 Employee of the Year_22NOV2017_FINAL

President Remengesau Accredits 1st Non-Resident Ambassador of the Republic of Cuba to the Republic of Palau

For Immediate Release
Serial No. PR-17-068
November 22, 2017
Office of the President

President Remengesau Accredits 1st Non-Resident Ambassador of the Republic of Cuba to the Republic of Palau

 On November 22, President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr. accredited the first non-resident Ambassador of the Republic of Cuba to the Republic of Palau during a presentation of credentials ceremony held at the Office of the President’s Satellite Office in Meyuns, Koror.

President Remengesau expressed his gratitude to the Government of Cuba for extending its medical scholarship program to Palau where 10 young Palauan men and women are currently pursuing their respective degrees in the medical field. He further expressed Palau’s commitment to work closely with the Cuban Government on important issues of mutual concern.

Ambassador Lago has served in the Cuban Foreign Service for more than 20 years. He is accredited to the Republic of Palau with residence in Suva, Fiji.

Click on the following link to download this press release: Press Release_President Remengesau Accredits Cuban Ambassador Lago_22NOV2017_FINAL

Bureau of Public Works Repairs Damaged Sewer Pump

For Immediate Release
Serial No. PR-17-066
November 12, 2017
Office of the President

On November 7, President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr. met with the PPUC Management team and a few board members regarding the damaged sewer pump station that failed in October.  In the meeting, PPUC informed the President that unless PPUC receives repair parts by the 10th of November, they cannot do anything. According to PPUC, there is an existing pump at this particular pump station (SPS2 at intersection to Malakal Port) but repairs to it and its valves will take longer time compared to waiting for the spare parts coming from Singapore.

At the meeting, President Remengesau announced to PPUC that Bureau of Public Works (BPW) is coming in to resolve the problems and that PPUC should provide all assistance that BPW may need. After the instruction, BPW held a logistical meeting at the BPW Conference Room and at the site as well. An operations post was set up at the pump station, and logistics prep for a round the clock Ops commenced. Pumps, working lights, crew, safety and sanitary gear, and meals were brought it before sunset on Tuesday November 7.

“In order to reach the pump and broken valves, the BPW had to drain all the sewage in the well and in the pipes. The draining task took all night to 3pm next day (11/8) after which the broken valves were removed and repaired. Reinstallation of valves and safety check of the pump was completed at 11PM on November 8. The system was back on line before midnight November 8,” said Brian Melairei, the Acting-Director of BPW.

In the meeting with PPUC, President Remengesau expressed the frustrations of PPUC customers and that immediate action must be taken by the board and management team to prevent repetitive failures that are very preventable and to assure the public of effective and reliable delivery of services.

President Remengesau has further requested PPUC to reinstate back-up pumping capacities in the two pump stations in Malakal and all pump stations that have no back up pumps at the soonest time possible.

Click on the following link to download this press release: Press Release_BPW Repairs Damaged Sewer Pump_12NOV2017_FINAL

Police Detective Miwa “Tant” Nabeyama Successfully Completes Training Course on Advanced Security Cooperation

Press Release
MOJ Serial No. PR-17-40
November 1, 2017
Office of the Vice President and Ministry of Justice

Police Detective Miwa “Tant” Nabeyama Successfully Completes Training Course on Advanced Security Cooperation

On October 25, Police Detective Miwa “Tant” Nabeyama of the Narcotics Enforcement Agency successfully completed a 5-week course on Advanced Security Cooperation at the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (APCSS) in Honolulu, Hawaii.

While in Hawaii for the 2017 Palau-U.S. Joint Committee Meeting, Vice President Raynold B. Oilouch, Minister Faustina Rehuher-Marugg and Minister Sinton Soalablai took the opportunity to attend the commencement ceremony held at the APCSS headquarters and personally congratulate Detective Nabeyama of his successful participation.

“It was a proud moment witnessing Detective Nabeyama receiving his certification for successfully completing the program,” said Vice President Oilouch. “As a law enforcement officer serving under the NEA of the Ministry of Justice, I firmly believe Detective Nabeyama will utilize his training to advance domestic security and impart what he has learned to enhance the capacity of his fellow officers for improved policing.”

The training course conducted from September 21 to October 25 in Hawaii as conveyed by the APCSS focused on enhancing and building capacity for regional cooperation and collaboration in relation to regional security issues as well as enhance participant’s capacity in areas of critical thinking, communication and decision making in complex environment. Detective Nabeyama attended the training alongside 106 mid-career and senior security practitioners as well as civilian leaders from 38 locations around the world.

He joins Minister Rehuher-Marugg, Assistant Chief Compact Review Negotiator Dwight Alexander and Ministry of State Chief of Staff Jeffrey Antol as APCSS alumni’s.

Click on the following link to download this press release: Press Release_Police Detective Completes Advanced Security Cooperation_01NOV2017_FINAL

 

Republic of Palau strengthens its Bilateral Relationship with the United States in the 2017 Joint Committee Meeting

For Immediate Release
Serial No. PR-17-39
October 31, 2017
Office of the Vice President

Republic of Palau strengthens its Bilateral Relationship with the United States in the 2017 Joint Committee Meeting

Vice President and Minister of Justice Raynold B. Oilouch successfully led the Republic of Palau’s official delegation to the 2017 Joint Committee Meeting with the Government of the United States of America held in Honolulu, Hawaii on October 26-27, 2017.

Accompanied by Minister Faustina Rehuher-Marugg, Minister Emais Roberts, Minister Sinton Soalablai, Assistant Compact Chief Negotiator Dwight Alexander and Palau National Marine Sanctuary Executive Director Keobel Sakuma, Vice President Oilouch and the delegation participated in an open discussion and briefing on a number of important bilateral issues, including the Compact Review Agreement, which has been pending US congressional approval since 2010. The Palau delegation was very pleased to hear the US delegation’s confident assurances that “this is the year” in which the agreement will finally receive full congressional ratification.

Other important bilateral issues raised at this meeting included improved service access for Palauan veterans, a review of Tripler Army Medical Center services provided to Palauan citizens, and the possibility of stockpiling medical supplies for the Pacific region in light of recent regional conflicts regarding the North Korean regime.

The two delegations discussed possibilities to increase Palau’s security by addressing transnational crimes like human and drug trafficking, and talked over various proposals to improve information sharing on foreign vessels in Palauan waters.

Other topics of interest to Palau included increasing access to military surplus equipment for state governments and an improvement to the visa/immigration clearance system for Palauan citizens with criminal offense records.

Finally, this Joint Committee Meeting served as an important opportunity to iron out the technical details of the pending bilateral Air and Maritime Domain Awareness project, which has taken shape over the past several months. Palau ADA/MDA technical team members worked through several outstanding issues, and Vice President Oilouch is happy to report that the agreement is almost finalized.

Click on the following link to download this press release: Press Release_2017 Joint Committee Meeting_31OCT2017_FINAL

President Remengesau Accredits New Zealand Ambassador to the Republic of Palau

For Immediate Release
Serial No. PR-17-065
November 1, 2017
Office of the President

President Remengesau Accredits New Zealand Ambassador to the Republic of Palau

On October 23, President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr. accredited Her Excellency Karena Rosa Muaiava Sega Masina Lyons as the 9th non-resident Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of New Zealand to the Republic of Palau.

“The Republic of Palau and the Government of New Zealand have shared and continues to maintain strong partnerships in climate change, global warming and renewable energy through the Pacific Islands Forum and the United Nations,” said President Remengesau during the presentation of credential held at the Capitol in Ngerulmud. “We look forward to working with you in the coming years to elevate our relationship and friendship.” He further expressed Palau and New Zealand’s shared anti-nuclear stance as displayed during the recent signing of the United Nations anti-nuclear treaty.

With Palau’s anticipated hosting of the 2020 ‘Our Ocean’ Conference, President Remengesau commits to work in close partnership and seeks New Zealand’s support in showcasing important issues facing the Pacific.

In expressing her commitments, Ambassador Lyons stated, “The Pacific is the heart of my home too, as an Ambassador I will draw on my unwavering commitment and love for the Pacific to serve the bilateral relationship of our two island nations. I look forward to serving our bilateral relationship for the new three years.”

Ambassador Lyons’ presentation of credentials ceremony was witnessed by Paramount Chief Ibedul Yutaka Gibbons, Paramount Chief Reklai Bao Ngirmang, Senate Floor Leader Kerai Mariur, Senator Aric Nakamura, Vice Speaker Lucio Ngiraiwet, Associate Justice John Rechucher, and members of the Cabinet. Ambassador Lyons was accompanied by Senior Policy Advisor Jake Hamstra.

Click on the following link to download this press release:  Press Release_New Zealand Ambassador Lyons Accredited_01NOV2017_FINAL

President Remengesau Accredits New Ambassador of the Kingdom of Spain to the Republic of Palau

For Immediate Release
Serial No. PR-17-064
November 2, 2017
Office of the President

President Remengesau Accredits New Ambassador of the Kingdom of Spain to the Republic of Palau

On October 23, President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr. accredited His Excellency Luis Antonio Calvo Castano as the new Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kingdom of Spain to the Republic of Palau.

President Remengesau recognized the history shared with the Kingdom of Spain and expressed Palau’s commitment to work closely with the Spanish Government to further enhance bilateral relations. He further expressed his appreciation to the Government of Spain and its People for its partnership and support in areas of climate change, renewable energy, global warming and issues related to the ocean.

“We continue to seek your strong support through the European Union and through our bilateral relationship as the ocean is an important issue for the Republic,” said President Remengesau during the presentation of credentials held in Ngerulmud, Melekeok. “Palau has been declared the host for the 2020 ‘Our Ocean’ Conference and we hope Spain will be a strong partner and sponsor in bringing forth issues affecting the Pacific.”

Ambassador Castano expressed Spain’s desires to become a dialogue partner with Pacific nations through the Pacific Islands Forum and thanked Palauan authorities and President Remengesau for supporting Spain in this regard during the 2014 Pacific Islands Forum Leaders’ Meeting held in Palau. Ambassador Castano reiterated Spain’s embrace and support in dealing with the same causes as Palau, including issues such climate change and the promotion of economic activities that respect the environment.

Ambassador Castano is a career diplomatic having served in various foreign diplomacy posts since 1982.

Click on the following link to download this press release: Press Release_New Spain Ambassador Accredited_02NOV2017_FINAL

 

Special Weather Statement: October 24

SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT
Tuesday, October 24, 2017

This is a Special Weather Statement from the National Emergency Management Office in collaboration with the National Weather Service in Koror that due to a tropical storm northeast of Palau, numerous heavy showers, isolated thunderstorm and windier conditions (up to 30MPH) associated with this storm are expected through Wednesday. Wind speed will slightly decrease by Thursday.

Sea conditions could become hazardous with wind waves of 10 to 13 feet developing along West and North facing shores this evening before falling to between 9 to 11 feet on Wednesday.

The public is also reminded to secure any loose items around their residences and to take precaution when driving to and from the Babeldaob area for possible flooding, landslides, and debris.

** THERE ARE NO TYPHOON WATCHES OR WARNING IN EFFECT FOR PALAU AT THIS TIME**

NEMO add the National Weather Service will continue to monitor weather conditions and will update the public accordingly.

Thank you

Singeo Franz
Acting NEMO Coordinator

Click on the following link to download this statement: SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT 10.24.17 (1)

Special Weather Statement: October 17

 SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
9:55 PM

This is a Special Weather Statement UPDATE from the National Emergency Management Office in collaboration with the National Weather Service updating the public that heavy showers, isolated thunderstorms and windier conditions (up to 45MPH) is expected tonight through Wednesday. From Wednesday night to Sunday, wind speeds will slowly decrease as well as showers and thunderstorms.   The center of this storm is currently 250 miles Northwest of Koror, Palau, moving away slowly at about 3MPH as of 8:00PM today.  

 **THERE ARE NO TYPHOON WATCHES OR WARNINGS IN EFFECT FOR PALAU.**

Sea and Surf conditions are hazardous at this time with a combination of swells and wind waves across Palau.

The public is reminded to secure any loose items around their residences and to take precaution when driving for possible flooding, landslides/mudslides and debris.

NEMO and the National Weather Service will continue to monitor weather conditions and will update the public accordingly.

Thank you.

Waymine Towai
NEMO Coordinator

Click on the following link to download this statement: SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT October 17