(New York, September 23, 2014): On Tuesday, President Emanuel Mori participated in the United Nations Secretary-General’s Climate Summit, an event intended to mobilize international action and ambition on climate change.
President Mori focused his remarks on potential solutions and actions that can be taken immediately and produce results quickly. Specifically, he said he believed we can still prevent the most devastating impacts of climate change with innovative actions, such as using the Montreal Protocol to phase down the powerful greenhouse gases HFCs.
Micronesia was the first to propose this action in 2009, and, since then, many other countries have expressed support for an HFC phase down. This includes Morocco, the co-sponsor of Micronesia’s proposal, as well as the United States and China. President Mori commended President Barack Obama and President Xi Jinping for agreeing to work together to phase down HFCs.
During his own Summit statement, Palau President Tommy Remengesau also endorsed reducing HFCs under the Montreal Protocol “in support of our Micronesian brothers”.
The President referenced the latest issue of The Economist magazine, which recognizes the success and enormous potential of the Montreal Protocol to protect climate. He also noted an editorial in the magazine entitled: “Paris via Montreal: The quickest way to cut greenhouse gases is to expand the Montreal protocol”.
President Mori called on other world leaders to support the HFC amendment, stating “I believe success with the Montreal Protocol in the next six months is our ticket to a successful outcome in Paris in 2015.”
The President’s full statement is available hereunder.