President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr. will be traveling to Singapore on March 6 to deliver remarks on behalf of the Republic of Palau in the “On Sharks & Humanity” Awards presented by The Parkview Arts Action Awards recognizing outstanding environmental leaders, whose actions have had a positive impact on the environment through marine and shark conservation.


While in Singapore, President Remengesau will meet with His Excellency Tony Tan Keng Yam, President of Singapore to discuss areas of partnership between the two countries. President Remengesau is grateful that President Tony Tan Keng Yam accepts his request to meet with him and looks forward to exploring the many social and economical initiatives Singapore has pioneered and is interested to see how they may help Palau in its endeavors towards sustainability and economic advancement.

“Singapore is a world leader economic innovation. Palau has benefited from working with Singapore particularly on financial programs modeling our Social Security Plan and Medical Savings Plan structure to Singapore’s Central Provident Fund. Singapore has transcended the norms of financing with practical means and innovative mechanisms and I look forward to meeting President Tony Tan on finding new ways we can work together on mutual interests such as tourism, finance, and technology,” says President Remengesau.

President Remengesau was invited to Singapore by Park View Arts Action that is touring the contemporary art exhibition “On Sharks & Humanity” exhibitions. The world renowned exhibition expresses urgent environmental issues of shark protection and provokes larger questions around the human role in environmental degradation. The exhibition has been viewed by 700,000 people so far at Oceanographic Museum of Monaco, The Ekaterina Cultural Foundation in Moscow, and the National Museum of China in Beijing. It opens at the Parkview Museum in Singapore on 9 March 2017 before continuing to Hong Kong.

Parkview Arts Action is an arts organisation dedicated to working with curators, art galleries and museums, providing a platform for emerging artists to address pressing environmental issues. The organisations’ ambition is to encourage debate between arts, business and scientific communities, advocacy organisations and public around environmental sustainability. Its main aim is to raise awareness of critical environmental issues and inspire change among global communities.

President Remengesau and delegation will depart Singapore to Fiji on March 12. He will attend the upcoming high level pacific leaders preparatory meeting to be held in Suva, Fiji from March 15 to 17. The meeting will consist of Pacific Small Island Development States (PSIDS) leaders to prepare for the upcoming United Nations Conference on Oceans and the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14 to be held June 2017 in New York.

Palau has been instrumental in getting Oceans management onto the SDG list since its conception at the 45th Pacific Islands Forum held in Palau in 2014, then adopted into the Samoa PATHWAY during the Small Island Developing States Conference (SIDS) held in Apia, Samoa later that year. “Keeping a strong united momentum is crucial for the Pacific region during SDG implementations. I thank Fiji President J.V. Bainimarama’s invitation to the PSIDS meeting and I look forward to working with our fellow leaders in our united efforts towards the sustainable management of our Oceans and its resources,” says President Remengesau. [/restrict]