First Lady Debbie Remengesau Receives the Crans Montana Forum’s 2018 Prix de la Fondation Award

For Immediate Release
Serial No. PR-18-110
April 12, 2018
Office of the President

First Lady Debbie Remengesau Receives the Crans Montana Forum’s 2018 Prix de la Fondation Award

First Lady Debbie Remengesau has become the first, Pacific-region First Lady, to receive the Crans Montana Forum’s Prix de la Fondation Award in recognition of her invaluable contributions and leadership in conservation and ocean stewardship for the future of Palau’s children, through the Palau Legacy Project and the Palau Pledge Campaign. The award was presented to the First Lady by American Civil Rights Activist, Reverend Jesse Jackson, during the Crans Montana Forum on March 17, 2018 at the Dakhla Congress Center in Morocco.

First Lady Remengesau humbly accepted the award on behalf of Palauan women and women everywhere. “I am deeply honored to have received this prestigious award from the Crans Montana Forum recognizing the value of the Palau Pledge Project and what it represents for our children’s future”, said the First Lady following the award ceremony. “It also represents the strong influence Palauan women have in our society and how they can effect real change – not only for our future, but for the future of the entire planet.”

The Prix de la Fondation Award was established in 1990 with the ambition of recognizing the work of men and women of eminent merit that have common goals and shared values toward creating a better world. All sectors of social responsibility have been recognized over the years including government, private sector, NGO and social leaders.

From March 15 to 20th, First Lady Remengesau participated in the Crans Montana Forum as an official guest of King Mohammed VI and the Kingdom of Morocco. She delivered her keynote address at the annual African Women’s Forum session on “Women’s Empowerment in Economic and Political Frameworks”.

Speaking as a mother, grandmother and homemaker, First Lady Remengesau highlighted the critical role Palauan women play in our society and how much their contributions have influenced Palau’s history. She further called upon women everywhere to take action, stating: “As women, as the mothers and grandmothers of this world, we have tremendous power to effect real change in our communities and our countries. Together we are strong. So I encourage you today to be inspired by the women of Palau, who unite in times of crisis to take a stand for what’s right and lead their community. We owe it to our children, and our children’s children, to take the lead when it comes to saving their future. I hope you can join me on this journey and together, we will restore their birthright.”

The First Lady’s speech was widely applauded by Forum delegates and the international media in attendance who praised Palauan culture as a strong example of women’s empowerment that the rest of the world could follow.

Expanding the Palau Pledge Campaign’s reach and further raising awareness on the importance of our oceans, First Lady Remengesau and Palau Legacy Project co-founder Laura Clarke introduced the Republic of Palau and presented the Palau Pledge Project to over 100 participants during a special session on “Climate Change in the Small Islands Developing States (SIDS)” held on March 19.

The Republic of Palau’s representation at the Crans Montana Forum highlighted challenges facing Palauans and Pacific islanders in the ever changing climate. On behalf of the women, children and people of Palau, First Lady Remengesau conveyed her hope for stronger partnerships between organizations, individuals and governments in working together to create a sustainable world for all.

 

Notes:

  • First Lady Debbie Remengesau’s keynote address can be accessed online in full at the following link: http://palaugov.pw/remarks-by-first-lady-debbie-remengesau-2018-crans-montana-forum-in-morocco/
  • The Crans Montana Forum is a Swiss non-governmental international organization founded by the late Jean-Pascal Delamuraz, President of the Swiss Confederation, Ambassador Jean-Paul Carteron and HSH Prince Anton von und zu Liechtensein. The organization focuses discussions and efforts towards a more human world by encouraging international cooperation and overall growth.
  • Further information about the Crans Montant Forum and the Prix de la Fondation Award can be found at: http://www.cmf.ch
  • The Palau Legacy Project is chaired by First Lady Debbie Remengesau and was founded in 2015 by: Laura Clarke, Nicolle Fagan, Jennifer Koskelin-Gibbons and Nanae Singeo – a group of volunteers (Palauans and visitors) who live in Palau and were concerned about the impact of tourism on Palau’s natural environment. More information about the Palau Pledge can be found at: http://www.palaupledge.com

[L-R] Ambassador Jean-Paul Carteron, Reverend Jesse Jackson and First Lady Debbie Remengesau

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President Remengesau Delivers the 2018 State of the Republic Address on April 17, 2018

H.E. President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr., on Tuesday, April 17, 2018, delivered the 2018 State of the Republic Address (SORA) before the 10th Olbiil Era Kelulau and the People of the Palau.

“As a nation, we find ourselves nearing the end of our second period of financing under the Compact of Free Association, even though the United States spending Bill committing to this 2nd financing commitment was signed into Law less than a month ago.  We also find that, due to our own development successes over the past two decades, the World Bank has changed our country income classification to that of a ‘High Income’ country, which will limit the availability of certain global development funding despite the fact that we are also classified as a small island developing state that is highly vulnerable to the mounting impacts of climate change.

Because of our unique situation, we must be prepared to address our fiscal challenges in the coming years.  First, we must focus our efforts on expanding our own revenue base to respond to our new development status and expanded funding requirements, including responsive social programs and services, and climate change adaptation and mitigation measures.

Second, we must begin to utilize more of our financial resources to leverage financing to help fully finance investments in economic sectors we have targeted for development.  We must do this within a clearly established regulatory framework.

Finally, we must continue to build our capacity to access and implement available financial and technical assistance from our multilateral and development partners.   In this effort we must focus on Public Private Partnerships to help lower the burden on the government and to expand available financing options.

This means that we must seriously expand our efforts to not only enhance our tourism industry, but also look to diversify our economic opportunities.  Within this context, we must make sure that we continue to work towards sustainable livelihoods, strengthen our food security, protect our family structure, and provide improved health and education to our people, all while continuing to preserve our cultural heritage.  These are basic but certainly complex responsibilities for a nation as small as ours.  Yet we must progress each and every one of these responsibilities to ensure a vibrant future for our children.

In order to accomplish these ambitious goals, we must continue, at the leadership level, to cooperate through a shared vision of our future.  This will require continued serious discussion, negotiation, inclusive community dialogue and, most importantly, compromise. ”

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Uchel Naito Assumes New Position as Assistant Medical Referral Coordinator of Hawaii Medical Referral Office

For Immediate Release
Serial No. PR-18-111
April 08, 2018
Office of the President

Uchel Naito Assumes New Position as Assistant Medical Referral Coordinator of Hawaii Medical Referral Office

On April 4th, President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr. approved an elevated position under the Ministry of Health that goes a long way to help improve and organize operations at the Medical Referral Office in Honolulu, Hawaii.

The official approval enabled Uchel Naito, the current Assistant Medical Referral Driver of the Hawaii Medical Referral Program to assume an elevated, full-time position of Assistant Medical Referral Coordinator, a position more consistent with his daily responsibilities.

For the past few years, Uchel served as a part-time Assistant Medical Referral Driver under the Ministry of Health. The part-time employee designation though presented challenges, Uchel continued to work tirelessly and diligently to assure all patients received the care and services they require and are comfortable throughout the entire process.

“Uchel is not only a hardworking employee. He has gained a great amount of knowledge and experience throughout his employ. Uchel is indeed a valued asset of the Ministry of Health and we recognize his dedication and the countless hours he has invested in the program as an employee and a volunteer.” expressed Minister Emais Roberts. “The Ministry will continue to work closely with Uchel and Mary Allyn Takada at the Hawaii Medical Referral House to improve operations and provide them the necessary support for a successful program.”

Minister Roberts and the MOH management team further thanks Uchel for putting in endless volunteer hours throughout his employment.

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President Remengesau accredits new Residential Ambassador of the ROC to Palau

For Immediate Release
Serial No. PR-18-113
April 11, 2018
Office of the President

President Remengesau accredits new Residential Ambassador of the Republic of China to the Republic of Palau

On April 5, President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr. accredited H.E. Wallace Minn-gan Chow as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of China to the Republic of Palau.

President Remengesau welcomed Ambasador Chow to Palau and extended his greetings to President Tsai Ing-wen and the people of the Republic of China during the Presentation of Credentials ceremony held at the President’s Satellite Office in Koror.

President Remengesau acknowledged the Republic of China as a strong development partner, friend and ally and conveyed Palau’s continued support in expanding ROC’s standing regionally, internationally and in the multilateral community. Thanking the Government of the Republic of China for their developmental partnership and technical support in areas such as health, infrastructure and education, President Remengesau expressed the Government of Palau looks forward to exploring the possibilities of extending direct vocational, technical education and other specialized trainings with the ROC.

As Palau moves forward in its preparation to host the “Our Oceans” Conference in 2020, President Remengeseau expressed Palau’s hope for ROC’s support, stating “The key to an ocean-state’s survival and self-reliance is the management of its oceans. The protection and conservation of our ocean is a critical component to ensure Palau remains a Pristine Paradise for our future generation. As Palau sets to host the“Our Oceans” Conference, we look forward your government’s support and partnership.”

Ambassador Chow, who is the sixth residential Ambassador of the Republic of China, assumed the ambassadorial post from former Ambassador Michael Y.K. Tseng. He previously served as the Director General of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Hawaii prior to his ambassadorial appointment in Palau.

The presentation of credentials ceremony was witnessed by Paramount Chief Ibedul Yutaka M. Gibbons, Paramount Chief Reklai Raphael B. Ngirmang, House of Delegates’ Vice Speaker Lucio Ngiraiwet and members of the President’s Cabinet. Ambassador Chow was accompanied by his wife Samantha Yu-shan Tai.

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Republic of Palau Bids Farewell to ROC Ambassador Michael Y. K. Tseng

For Immediate Release
Serial No. PR-18-108
April 4, 2018
Office of the President

Republic of Palau Bids Farewell to ROC Ambassador Michael Y. K. Tseng

The Republic of Palau on March 28th bid its final farewell to Ambassador Michael Y.K. Tseng during a dinner reception held at the Palau Royal Resort.

President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr. wished Ambassador Tseng the best in his future endeavors and reiterated the importance of the special, unique relationship Palau shares with the Republic of China.

Ambassador Tseng expressed his appreciation of the Republic of Palau, stating “I really feel the kindness and goodwill of my friends in Palau.  With admiration, I would like to say congratulations to Palau for your government’s efforts in conserving the natural resources under the leadership of the President.” He further stated, “The trust, the solidarity and the mutual assistance has kept us pretty close in the past years and I’m sure it will carry our friendship into the future.”

The dinner reception was attended by Paramount Chief Reklai Raphael B. Ngirmang, Speaker Sabino Anastacio, Senate Vice President Mark Rudimch, Chief Justice Arthur Ngiraklsong, State Governors, Cabinet Ministers and Bureau Directors.

After nearly two years serving as Ambassador of the ROC to the Republic of Palau, Ambassador Tseng vacated his Ambassadorial post to assume the role of Director General of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office, the Republic of China’s representative office in Honolulu, Hawaii.

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Ibaraki Congressmen and Delegation to the 3rd Anniversary of the Imperial Visit Thanks Palau for its Hospitality

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Serial No. PR-18-114
April 11, 2018
Office of the President

Ibaraki Congressmen and Delegation to the 3rd Anniversary of the Imperial Visit Thanks Palau for its Hospitality

Ibaraki Prefecture Congressmen and members of Palau-Japan Parliamentary Friendship Association visited President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr. at the National Capitol in Ngerulmud on April 10th to personally convey their deepest appreciation of the People of Palau’s warm hospitality during the occasion of the Third Anniversary of the Imperial Visit in Peleliu.

President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr. encouraged the delegation to continue to do their part to foster and strengthen the special relationship Ibaraki and Japan shares with the Republic of Palau.

Ibaraki congressman Umino Toru, who led the delegation of twenty officials from Ibaraki Prefecture as well as the members of the Association, reiterated the group’s unwavering commitment to the Palau-Japan friendship.

The historical visit made by His Majesty Emperor Akihito and Her Majesty Empress Michiko was celebrated in Peleliu is a Peleliu State recognized holiday. The celebration ceremony was held on Monday, April 9.

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President Remengesau declares April 16-22 as National Earth Week in observance of Earth Day 2018

For Immediate Release
Serial No. PR-18-115
April 11, 2018
Office of the President

President Remengesau declares April 16-22 as National Earth Week in observance of Earth Day 2018

April 22nd is recognized as Earth Day around the world, highlighting the urgent need to conserve the Earth’s resources and protect our planetary environment. This year’s global Earth Day theme, “End Plastic Pollution” highlights Plastic Pollution, the accumulation of plastic products, as one of the most significant environmental problems that the world is facing today, impacting the environment and our health and wellbeing.

Only ten percent of the 300 million tons of plastic that are produced each year is properly recycled and reused, and the rest ends up in landfills or as litter in our natural environment.  Plastic Pollution is also a source of dangerous chemicals that not only impacts our waters and marine life, but also the food chain and our overall healthFrom poisoning and injuring marine life to disrupting human hormones, from littering our beaches and landscapes to clogging our waste streams and landfills, the exponential growth of plastics is now threatening Palau’s precious marine and natural resources and the health of our people.

In response, the Republic of Palau is dedicating an entire week in observance of Earth Day 2018 with the theme of “Our Environment, Our Health: Working Together to End Plastic Pollution” to provide information and inspiration needed to fundamentally change human attitude and behavior about plastics. Palau’s efforts during National Earth Week are fundamental in acting on its commitments to end Plastic Pollution and to United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals No. 12, 13, and 14:  to ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns (SDG 12), take urgent action to combat climate change impacts (SDG 13), and to conserve and sustainably use the Oceans, Seas, and marine resources for sustainable development (SDG14).

The Earth Day 2018 Committee, chaired by the Palau Environmental Quality Protection Board will be holding activities throughout Palau over the course of the week to educate and challenge our students and all Palauans on the adverse impacts of Plastic Pollution.

By Presidential Proclamation 18-23, President Remengesau encourages all of the people of Palau to partake in actions, as individuals, families, communities, and as a Nation, to take responsibility for the plastic pollution that each one of us generates and look for opportunities to reduce the use of plastics in order to safeguard our natural environment against the global challenge of ending Plastic Pollution.

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President Remengesau and Swiss Ambassador Reichlin Exchange Dialogue on Sustainable Development

For Immediate Release
Serial No. PR-18-114
April 11, 2018
Office of the President

 

President Remengesau and Swiss Ambassador Reichlin Exchange Dialogue on Sustainable Development

On April 10, President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr. received Switzerland Ambassador Andrea Reichlin during a courtesy call made at the National Capitol in Ngerulmud.

President Remengesau and Ambasador Reichlin exchanged dialogue on matters relating to sustainable development, renewable energy and climate change. He further shared Palau’s continued national commitment to address climate change, renewable energy, sustainable development and sustainable management of resources locally and internationally.

Ambassador Reichlin who is exploring different ways of connecting the Republic of Palau to potential partners and technical support in the areas of renewable energy shared Switzerland’s experiences in the matter.

During the meeting, Ambassador Reichlin extended the Government of Switzerland’s invitation to host President Remengesau in Europe in the future.

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President Remengesau meets Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Senior Advisor

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Serial No. PR-18-109
April 11, 2018
Office of the President

President Remengesau meets Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Senior Advisor

President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr. and Kentaro Sonoura, Senior Advisor of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan on April 3 held a breakfast meeting together at Palau Pacific Resort during Sonoura’s brief stopover in Palau.

Discussing the upcoming 8th Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting (PALM8) to be held in Japan from May 18-19, President Remengesau conveyed Palau’s expectations of the meeting including discussions on the Pacific Islands Forum, maritime security, border security and illegal, unlicensed and unregulated fishing (IUU) among other common matters of concern and importance.

Other matters discussed during the meeting included support and assistance for direct flight services between Japan and Palau following the suspension of Delta Airline’s services, continued partnership between the two nations on the Ship Rider Program, partnership in the upcoming “Our Oceans” Conference to be hosted by Palau in 2020 and matters concerning economic cooperation and people-to-people exchange.

Pacific Island Forum countries, including the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Samoa, and Tonga, are expected to attend the PALM8 meeting to be held in Iwaki City, Fukushima Prefecture.

President Remengesau was accompanied by Vice President Raynold B. Oilouch, Attorney General Ernestine Rengiil, Palau Marine Sanctuary Executive Director Nick Ngwal and Deputy Chief of Staff Rebluud Kesolei. Sonoura was accompanied by Ambassador Toshiyuki Yamada, staff from the Embassy of Japan in Palau and his assistants who traveled with him.

[L-R] H.E. President Remengesau and Mr. Sonoura

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President Remengesau meets High School Runner from Ibaraki, Japan ahead of the 15th Palau Marathon

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Serial No. PR-18-112
April 7, 2018
Office of the President

President Remengesau meets High School Runner from Ibaraki, Japan ahead of the 15th Palau Marathon

President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr. welcomed 18-year old high school student Tatuya Kobayashi from Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan and his coach Kato Morihiro on Thursday, April 5th ahead of Kobayashi’s participation in the 15th Palau Marathon held on Saturday, April 7th.

Kobayashi, a known runner in Japan, finished the 10km (about 6.21 miles) category of Palau’s marathon with a time of 38 minutes and 42 seconds from KB Shell in Airai to Palau Pacific Resort.

During his visit at the President’s Satellite Office in Meyuns, President Remengesau welcomed the people-to-people exchange program between Ibaraki Prefecture and the Republic of Palau through sports. He further encouraged Kobayashi to share his experiences and help foster relationship between Palau and Japan through his peers and community.

The 15th Palau Marathon was the first running event Kobayashi participated in outside of Japan.

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