Lt. Gov. Victor B. Hocog gave the CNMIâ€™s support in the â€œcommon barriersâ€ the islands of Micronesia face with non-communicable disease, invasive species, shipping costs, and the effects of climate change, at the 21st Micronesian Chief Executives Summit, or MCES, in Koror, Palau.
Speaking to regional leaders, Hocog also threw support behind the goal to reduce carbon emissions by 1.5 degrees starting in 2020 as set in the recent Paris Agreement under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change last year.
Hocog pushed for a spirit of cooperation and collaboration between the leaders and people of Micronesia, and highlighted the region for coming to the aid of Saipan following the devastating Typhoon Soudelor last year.
â€œIt is with profound gratitude that I express our peopleâ€™s appreciation for your assistance during or time of humanitarian need,â€ Hocog said. â€œThe CNMI continues to welcome your citizens as part of our growing community. We are one people connected by the ocean, not separated by it.
â€œCollaboration between our islands is key for all of us,â€ Hocog added.
Palau President Tommy Remengesau hosted the summit that brought leaders like Guam Gov. Eddie Calvo, Marshall Islands President Hilda Heine, Federated States of Micronsia President Peter Christian, Chuuk Gov. Johnson Elimo, Kosrae Gov. Caarson Sigrah, Pohnpei Gov. Marcelo Peterson, and Yap Gov. Tony Ganngiyan together to discuss issues of tourism, the environment, and sustainability.
The Micronesian summit is an annual meeting of the governors and presidents of Micronesia, which includes the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, Guam, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and Chuuk, Kosrae, Pohnpei, and Yap of FSM.