MAJURO, Marshall Islands—Lt. Gov. Eloy S. Inos joined other chief executives from throughout Micronesia for the 18th Micronesian Chief Executives’ Summit being hosted by the government of the Republic of the Marshall Islands at their International Conference Center.
Following the opening ceremonies and the change of command, each of the chief executives delivered their remarks to the delegates and participants. All the heads of state of the region highlighted the importance of sustaining the regional collaboration that has been established by way of the Micronesian Chief Executives’ Summit.
In his remarks, Inos reiterated that the Micronesian region continues to face several critical challenges in today’s competitive global economy. He noted that the remote location of the islands is one of the biggest barriers local governments struggle with in critical areas such as economic development, climate change, renewable energy and adequate health care.
Inos specifically expounded on the issue of climate change, a critical concern that carries a great deal of consequence if island nations simply take it for granted.
“It is important for us to put forward a call for action against large carbon emission producing nations to curb contributions to climate change and its impact on our island communities,” said Inos. “As first-hand witnesses to the effects of climate change, we must agree that it is happening and is expected to have a significant impact on coral reef systems.”
With fairly small infrastructure and populations, island nations have always been insignificant contributors to carbon emissions, yet it is the islands that are the most vulnerable to the effects of climate change, Inos said.
“We must take this threat seriously and move toward policies and safeguards that will curb the increase in emissions, and ultimately, result in a significant decrease of greenhouse gases in our atmosphere and oceans,” added Inos.
The two-day summit will also feature committee presentations on important issues such as health care, the Micronesia Challenge project, invasive species, energy, workforce development, and other special reports from the jurisdiction. (Office of the Governor)