26 Sep 2019

Movement to address climate change is gaining strength says Palau

6:37 am on 26 September 2019

The President of Palau says the United Nations Climate Summit in New York shows there is momentum building in the fight against climate change.

Tommy Remengesau co-hosted an event at UN headquarters this week, focussed on protecting the oceans and combating climate change.

The Ocean Wave event was held in collaboration with leaders from Portugal, Kenya and Norway.

Mr Remengesau said the movement to address climate change is gaining strength.

"We really need to keep the momentum going and I think what we are seeing here is the key players want to keep that momentum going and that's the first part. The second part, of course, is what action then should materialise."

Palau President, Tommy Remengesau Junior, addresses the UN General Assembly

The President of Palau, Tommy Remengesau. Photo: UN

Mr Remengesau said Pacific nations need to stand fast in their call for action on climate change.

"Don't give up the fight. We're talking about our livelihood, we are talking about surviving. You have got to act like you are desperate, and we are, and we have to go every mile that needs to be taken."

RNZ Pacific correspondent Bernadette Carreon spoke to President Remengesau in New York. She travelled there with the support of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat.