By Francis Talasasa, Reporter
His Excellency Tommy E. Remengesau Jnr has called on participating countries at COP 22 at Marrakech in Morocco to put more ambition and momentum so that all nations must come to facilitative dialogue in 2018.
Addressing his speech to King of Morocco his Majesty Mohammed VI, Excellencies and colleagues, President Remengesau expressed the greatest challenges.
He pointed out the Paris Agreement, as a step to pursue efforts to limit global temperature rise to 1.5 degree Celsius and cut net emissions to zero in the second half of the century.
Year 2016 has seen an extraordinary surge in renewable energy which now competes with dirty fossil energy without subsidies in many markets around the world.
A low carbon economy is on the horizon, but we must act much more ambitiously and quickly to reach it before locking in levels of warming that will doom our children to inherit the world which, in the words of the United States President Obama is beyond their ability to repair, he said.
In Palau, as in Island nations around the world, we are acting now. We have no time to waste to transition to clean renewable energy and a low carbon economy. We have adopted a new electricity act and are working hard to achieve the renewable energy targets in our NDC as quickly as possible.
President Remengesau commended the unprecedented commitment shown by countries to bring the Paris Agreement into force early demonstrates their leadership and the global political will to tackle climate change.
“We must now turn this extraordinary momentum into the Marrakech momentum toward the rapid, effective and ambitious implementation of the agreement”.
‘We came together in Paris and again here in Marrakech for the benefit of all humanity, inspired by the global movement to protect our common future”.
He concluded, the global movement and all collective resolves must continue to grow in strength and momentum as everyone move forward together. What has been resolved must drive our nations toward the low carbon, climate-resilient future for all our people.