The Mechesil Belau, in its 25th year, has yet again encouraged the participation of several women in the discussion of various topics pertaining to environment, education, health and the preservation, protection, and promotion of tradition and culture, among others during their annual conference which ran from September 18-20 this year at the Ngarachamayong Cultural Center.

During its kickoff, President Tommy Remengesau, Jr. has delivered his keynote address along with the other invited speakers of the event which include US guest speaker Dr. Donald K. Warne, and Taiwan guest speaker Kolas Yotaka, among others.

On its second day, key persons from agencies dealing with environment and conservation have also shared the status of their works.

The Ministry of Justice (MOJ) under the leadership of Justice Minister and Vice President Raynold Oilouch have also reported about topics relating to Palau’s public safety and security, drug trafficking, and human trafficking, among others.

Guests from the region had also come to join the conference, among them are Nicolas Burniat, representative of the UN Women Fiji Multi-Country Office and Leituala Kuiniselani Sandra Tago, Director of the Social Development Program of the Secretariat Pacific Communities (SPC), Chuuk Chamber of Commerce President Cindy Mori and other presenters from the Republic of Marshall Islands and the Commonwealth of Northern Marianas Islands.

Aside from that, Founder of the Heirs to Our Ocean, April Peebler, had also did a presentation during the conference.

The third day of the conference was spent at the Rock Islands. (Rhealyn C. Pojas)