Micronesia (Federated States of)

His Excellency David Panuelo

Statement Summary

DAVID W. PANUELO, President of the Federated States of Micronesia, said that in 2020, security is no longer just about formal wars between nations, but includes such abstract threats as COVID‑19 and climate change.  While opportunities exist to “build back a greener and bluer world”, he noted that on an interdependent planet, the actions of his country are not enough.  Those who have caused climate change must step up and lead by taking more ambitious and mitigating actions.  “It is still within our reach to leave a habitable planet for future generations,” he said.  While the journey of the United Nations has not always been steady, it is the single most useful multilateral organization in promoting global solidarity, peace and security, with achievements to celebrate and hard lessons to build upon.