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Palau President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr. gives keynote lecture at the International Symposium Commemorating the 25th Anniversary of Japan-Palau Diplomatic Relations themed: Achieving a Sustainable Ocean – Palau’s Initiatives and International Partnership.
The Ocean Policy Research Institute of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation (OPRI-SPF) hosted some 200 participants at the symposium on Monday 11 November, 2019.
"Japan was one of the first countries to recognise Palau as an independent republic, and our relationship has gone from strength to strength – not just government to government, but with business, civil society, academia and private citizens,"said President Remengesau.
President Remengesau spoke at the symposium regarding Palau’s progressive ocean policies and actions, as well as the work carried out by the High-Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy, to which Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan also participates as a member.
“The ocean is an untapped source of mitigation actions, and through turning to areas like renewable energy and sustainable seafood in our diets. We cannot afford to leave this behind. The Panel will produce its final recommendations next year, at the UN Ocean Conference in Lisbon, and we hope that these will point all of humanity towards a new relationship with the ocean, so that we can reach for the right balance between ocean health and wealth.” said President Remengesau.
President Remengesau also shared his aspiration for the forthcoming 7th Our Ocean Conference to be held in Palau August next year, saying “This is the first time a small island developing state will host this conference, and an opportunity to put a distinct small island perspective into its concerns."
"The Sasakawa Foundation, of course, has been a major force at previous Our Ocean conferences, through
the announcement of your new commitments for ocean action, and we know that we can count on your support and partnership to help us deliver Our Ocean 2020.” he added.
In addition, Faustina Rehuher-Marugg, Palau Minister of State and Francis Matsutaro, Ambassador of Palau to Japan, spoke at the symposium’s panel discussion with Japanese stakeholders regarding ocean related activities in Palau and international partnership.
The Republic of Palau spearheads progressive ocean policies. President Remengesau made an announcement last month (October 2019) that the Republic of Palau will host the 7th Our Ocean Conference in Palau from 17 – 18 August 2020. With this backdrop, the international community has been giving increased attention to Palau’s ocean policies and actions.
SOURCE: PALAU GOVT/PACNEWS
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