President Christian Joins World Leaders to Push Forward with Climate
Action at COP22
Press Release #1612-01
Palikir, Pohnpei FSM
December 07, 2016
Unfazed by the challenges of the multilateral negotiations, FSM
President Peter M. Christian called on the world leaders at the UN
Climate Change Conference in Marrakech, Morocco to maintain the momentum
by “fighting the battles and
climbing the mountains” to overcome such challenges in the
continuing war to “save the
planet and her people”.
In the presence of His Majesty King Mohammed VI of Morocco,
President Christian highlighted recent successes initiated and
co-sponsored by FSM and Morocco which included the phase-down of HFCs in
the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol which would result in the
reduction of 0.5 (half a percent) degree Celsius of global warming and
the elimination of about 70 - 80 billion tons of greenhouse gas
equivalent being emitted into the atmosphere.
Such successes must be celebrated but also followed by continued
work to maintain and accelerate the momentum.
and a relatively small delegation attended the COP 22 from November
7-18, 2016 in Marrakech, Morocco. The President’s delegation joined the
rest of the FSM’s technical team headed by Director Andrew Yatilman of
the Office of Environment & Emergency Management at the height of the
negotiations. Upon arrival President Christian was welcomed with a
courtesy meeting with Morocco’s Minister of National Education and
Vocational Training, Mr. RachidBelmokhtar Benabdellah.
the High Level Segment of the Conference, President Christian addressed
the plenary session of world leaders and joined them in expressing their
unwavering commitment to upholding and continuing the progress made thus
far in addressing the effects of Climate Change.
Mindful of the fact that a new administration will be inaugurated
soon in the United States, President Christian euphemistically stated,
“Our work in progress must
continue even against new odds and speculations that certain recent
events in America may not aid our efforts on Climate Change. We must
have faith that our cause is too JUST to be waylaid.” The atmosphere
in the room was undoubtedly one of solidarity and strength as these
sentiments were echoed throughout the plenary session.
be noted that work on issues relating to the COP22 is targeted to be
completed by 2018. From the technical perspective, the FSM delegation
felt more work could have been done on the substantive issues such as
finance, loss and damage and the detailed mechanics of the Paris
Agreement. With the early
entry into force of the Paris Agreement, it is important that COP22
sends a positive signal to the international community that work is
progressing. The delicate balance of all issues achieved in Paris must
be preserved especially, the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).
This is the key to delivering enhanced action under the Paris Agreement.
Such are the challenges of a multilateral process tackling the real
and present issues of Climate Change.
The FSM delegation recognizes these challenges.
On what lies ahead, FSM President Christian with determination
and confidence stated that: “We
know the way ahead. It is what it is. The climbing won’t be easy, but
not impossible. Let us
continue to climb…One mountain at a time.”