Micronesia leader asks US and China to work to save the planet

Micronesian President David Panuelo addresses the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly at United Nations Headquarters in New York.
Photo: YUKI IWAMURA

The President of the Federation of Micronesia States told the United Nations that the United States and China must resume communication for the sake of climate change.

David Panuelo said America and China are the two biggest superpowers in the world and therefore have the biggest say in target emissions.

He told the United Nations General Assembly in New York that the two countries must work together.

“Micronesia cannot understand why partners and friends disagree on this matter of total international importance.

“I have urged the United States of America and the People’s Republic of China to consider climate change as a non-political and non-competitive issue to resolve the climate change crisis.

“So President Xi and President Biden, you are both friends of Micronesia, I respect both your people and your country.

“As two superpowers in this world, you set the tone and pace of global conversations. I wish you could respect each other.

“It ultimately requires these two superpowers to work together.

“But one way to get attention and take action is to explicitly call your closest friends and allies by name instead of talking without substance.

“Current efforts to mitigate gas emissions remain totally insufficient.

“Microneasia urges all countries to commit to the Kikali Amendment and the Global Methane Commitment to see a 30% reduction in methane emissions by 2030.”

Marape says PNG is sidelined

Papua New Guinea Prime Minister James Marape told the Assembly that his country had been left out of the climate talks.

Marape stressed that climate change should be at the top of humanity’s priorities.

He also said that Papua New Guinea’s rainforest absorbs more carbon than it emits, and is one of the few countries with a positive carbon footprint in the world.

The Prime Minister told the UN that the country was getting the rough end of the deal despite achieving the Paris Agreement goals.

“It is rather disheartening to see this despite our proactive national efforts to implement our commitment to the Paris Agreement.

“We seem to have the raw end of the deal all the time. We’ve done our part, including our submissions to the green planet fund. We haven’t given up hope, although we’ve been forgotten in the conversations Glasgow (at COP26 in 2021).

Kiribati affected by ‘self-interest’

Kiribati President Taneti Maamau told the United Nations Assembly that his country was continuously hit by self-serving policies, undermining the real needs of its people.

Maamau said Kiribati’s development agenda stems from its culture, values ​​and norms.

He told the assembly that the country is continually being ravaged by damaging neo-colonial policies.

“A global system of thought that remains steeped in legacies of environmental destruction that our people have now inherited. As is the case with the mining of Banaba Island. We must ensure that the solutions and actions work hand in hand to address today’s interrelated challenges,” he said.