Palau’s Permanent Representative to the United Nation Ambassador Ngedikes Olai Uludong during her speech at the United Nation General Assembly high level meeting on March 28.

Palau’s United Nation Ambassador Ngedikes Olai Uludong said in her speech during the United Nation General Assembly high level meeting on March 28 that attracting foreign investors for the solar power project is a challenge among Small Island Developing States (SIDS) especially in meeting its climate agenda and the 2030 sustainable development agenda.

Uludong, in her speech, said that SIDS need technical and financial support to upgrade their grids to accommodate larger shares of clean energy. She also added that the Paris Agreement, in which Palau is also a signatory, must provide this support “leverage accelerated uptake of renewable energy.”

“Those of us in small island states are trying to do our part, especially in ways that link the climate agenda and the 2030 Agenda. Our target in Palau is to achieve 45% of our electricity from renewable sources by 2025 to address both climate mitigation and our energy security, in line with SDG 13,” Uludong said.

Uludong also shared Palau’s goal of bringing in a solar plus storage micro grid to Palau that could help “upgrade and stabilize aging electricity grid and deploy 35 MW of solar energy” to meet its nationally determined contribution.

The ambassador also shared to the UN body Palau’s “most tangible climate change initiative” which is the Palau National Marine Sanctuary (PNMS) where 500,000 square kilometres of the Pacific Ocean will be placed under the no-take zone once it comes into full implementation next year.

“It is a marine conservation project, in support of SDG14. It is an economic project aimed at driving sustained and inclusive economic growth in our tourism industry, in line with SDG8. It is a partnership project, made possible with the support of governments and NGOs alike, demonstrating the importance of SDG17.  But it is also a climate adaptation project that will strengthen the resilience of our marine zone to climate shocks,” she said.

Uludong said that to realize these goals, there should be a greatly enhanced climate action and means of implementation.

“If the third generation of Palauans, born in 25 years’ time, are to still be able to choose their own destinies, this year’s UN Climate Summit must be the moment to close the emissions gap. Every tonne of carbon matters. Every degree – every 0.1 degrees – of global warming matters,” Uludong said. (Rhealyn C. Pojas)