Germany's Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock visits Palau to discuss climate change cooperation and partnerships.

Palau received for the first time a High-Level delegation from Germany, with the arrival of Annalena Baerbock, Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Germany with her delegation yesterday, July 9, 2022.

The short visit by Foreign Minister Baerbock focused on climate change and possible partnerships in line with commitments to climate change mitigation.  They were able to speak to people and visited areas where the climate change impact was visible.

“Today we saw with our own eyes, for you the fight against climate change crisis is a matter of survival. And we have to be honest, in this fight, it is five past twelve (which means way overdue).  The devastating effects are already here and the damage has already been done,” Minister Baerbock expressed of what they’ve seen in Palau of climate change impact.

During the short visit, Minister Baerbock said that they are looking into partnering with Palau for climate change and energy transition, to renewables.

Germany, she said, had lost many years when it did very little in terms of climate change mitigation but they are working on it now, to do its part as a member of the global community. 

Minister of State Gustav Aitaro confirmed that they also discussed the challenge of accessing climate change funds to help with the mitigation and adaptation to climate change. 

He added that they agreed to provide technical training to Palau so that it can be able to access the climate fund.

Strengthening their commitment, Minister Baerbock also announced that Germany has appointed a Climate Envoy to Palau and the Pacific Islands, to be based in Australia. 

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