President Remengesau has been invited to be the guest of honor and deliver a keynote speech for the official launch in Rome, Italy of the Global Action Programme (GAP) on Food Security and Nutrition in Small Island Developing States (SIDS).

The event is being organized by Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations,  prepared in response to Paragraph 61 of the SAMOA Pathway that invited FAO to facilitate the development of an action programme to address food and nutrition challenges in SIDS.

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According to the invitation letter to Remengesau from FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva, the event is slated on 4 July 2017 during the 40th Session of the FAO Conference.

The 40th Session of the FAO meanwhile is scheduled from July 3 to 8.

The SAMOA Pathway outcome document of the SIDS Third International Conference in Samoa, in 2014, requests FAO to facilitate the development of  the action program.

The FAO session has the general theme of “Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security.”

Remengesau has been in the forefront of the fight against the impacts of climate change.

The president has numerous awards including winner of the UN’s top environmental accolade, the Champions of the Earth award in 2014.

President Remengesau was recognized “ for his visionary leadership in spearheading major conservation initiatives, and building his country’s economic resilience through green economy policies.”

In 2016, Palau has signed a marine sanctuary law that fully protects over 80 per cent of Palau’s 600,000 sq km of Exclusive Economic Zone. [/restrict]