Palau President Tommy Remengesau Jr. said that more could have been done during the Conference of Parties (COP) UN climate talks in Bonn, Germany.


Despite the lack of concrete actions to support vulnerable countries from the impact of climate change, he is hopeful that the world will continue listening and low-lying nations will continue to fight for their survival.

“We always wish there was more accomplishment, we always wish there was more commitment and we always wish there is more funding made available as a result of commitment of nations to put in $100 billion every year until 2020, that’s the Paris agreement,” Remengesau told reporters here during a press conference.

He said ,”one storm , one typhoon can destroy everything we have worked hard for in the last 10 to 15  years of our development as island nations,’ pointing out that restoration and prevention of the impacts of climate change is not a cheap endeavor.

Remengesau is hopeful that nations will continue the dialogue even after the Bonn meeting to meet the goals of the Paris agreement.

“Obviously in Bonn we didn’t get everything we asked for, it was an opportunity that Fiji as an island nation represented the Pacific there, I’m sure the chairman tried his best as COP President to address this issue,” Remengesau said.

In his speech before the Bonn meeting, Remengesau said Palau is doing its part in fulfilling the Paris commitment and not to veer away from those hard fought objectives.

Under the 2015 Paris Agreement,  nations submitted individual pledges to limit their greenhouse-gas emissions and  developed countries  made commitments to give fnancial suppo amounting to at least $100 billion per year by 202 to help poor countries develop clean energy and build resilience to disasters.

“That is why my country has committed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 22% by 2025 — 50% below business as usual.  At least 45% of our electricity will come from the sun and the wind.  This is not just good climate policy. It is also good economics.” (By:B.Carreon) [/restrict]