FSM Celebrates 29th Anniversary of the Montreal Protocol
Press Release #1609-05
Palikir, Pohnpei – FSM Information Services
September 19, 2016

The FSM Office of Environment and Emergency Management (OEEM) held a 5k Fun Walk on 17 September at Palm Terrace, to celebrate the 29th anniversary of the Montreal Protocol. In joining the celebration, FSM Vice President Yosiwo George delivered the welcoming remarks at the event and expressed FSM’s commitment in taking a strong lead on the issue of reducing HFCs and acknowledged the extensive role the Nation has played in combating global warming and climate change.

 While the FSM united with 189 other countries this past Saturday, celebrating the anniversary of the Montreal Protocol and their position in the replacement of ozone-friendlessness CFCs and HCFCs with HFCs, vulnerable countries such as FSM and the Small Islands Developing States (SIDS) have come a long way in dealing with environmental threats and issues of climate change.  The substantial progress achieved over the years has led to the signing of the Paris Agreement in which President Peter Christian signed earlier this year at the United Nations Headquarters in Manhattan, New York.

 As FSM is among the world’s most vulnerable countries that face the threat of global warming and climate change, Vice President reiterated FSM’s leading role on issues under the Montreal Protocol and acknowledged the bold and collective action that has taken place over the years. In the recent 47th Pacific Island Forum held in Palikir, Pohnpei last week, Leaders agreed to proclaim in a collective voice its strong support of HFC phase-down at the next Global Meeting next month.

In his closing remarks, Vice President expressed his appreciation to all partners and donors and noted the need to increase public awareness on cooperative environmental action throughout the communities.