President Christian Addresses Climate Change, Peace and Security in the UN General Assembly

FSM Information Services
October 5, 2015
New York, October 1, 2015 President Peter Christian addressed the 70th United Nations (U.N.) General Assembly emphasizing the impacts of climate change and the need for cohesive action to save the low lying Pacific Islands, including the Federated States of Micronesia. "We must become more cohesive in our actions to bring a useful conclusion to help mitigate the threat of sinking islands and prevent the potential genocide of Oceanic peoples and cultures," he declared. He noted FSM's dedicated contribution to international efforts in saving the world through the Micronesia Challenge initiative and continued commitment to phasing down HFCs under the Montreal Protocol.
Mr. Christian voiced hope that the upcoming international climate change conference in Paris in December, would resolve the disagreements over allowable emissions of greenhouse gasses by industrial nations.
On the issue of peace and security, President Christian demanded the United Nations and the International Community to undertake all efforts to make this world a peaceful place for all. He noted that in the 20th century, FSM experienced decades of armed conflicts; conflicts in which FSM had no interest to take part in, but was brought to the Micronesian Islands by powerful countries seeking political expansion and influence.
President Christian urged nations who once stood against each other in conflicts to stand together with FSM today, and to forgive, for a peaceful tomorrow. "Together let us promote friendship, partnership, and cooperation as our collective strength for the future."
The President diverted the attention of the United Nations to common enemies facing the international community today. "We have enough common enemies today, enemies that have no respect for culture, boundaries, religion, or social status, climate change, sea level rise, poverty, hunger and famine, illiteracy and incurable diseases, genocide and human trafficking, economic imbalance and apathy. These are our challenges of today."
The President concluded his statement by calling on the international community in the United Nations to divert its energy and anger for things past and focus on the common enemies of today. He urged all Nations to unite strongly and take actions to overcome these common issues in order to create a better world for all mankind today and tomorrow.
The copy of the President's entire speech can be downloaded from: http://www.fsmpio.fm/Speeches/christian/unga_2015.htm