Palikir, Pohnpei-- Federated States of Micronesia President David Panuelo said he is confident the Marshall Islands will adequately represent the Micronesian subregion at the climate change summit to be hosted by the United States next week.
U.S. President Joe Biden has invited 40 nations to the summit scheduled for April 22 and 23, but the Marshall Islands was the only Pacific Island country that made it to the list.
According to a press release from the White House, Biden invited the heads of other countries that "are demonstrating strong climate leadership, are especially vulnerable to climate impacts, or are charting innovative pathways to a net-zero economy."
Panuelo told Marshall Islands President David Kabua that FSM “has total and absolute confidence in the Marshall Islands to represent the FSM and the broader Micronesian subregion.”
“When the Marshall Islands speaks at the summit with President Biden and other leaders, the world will know that the position of the Marshall Islands is also the position of the FSM and our Micronesian subregion,” Panuelo said during the convening of the Micronesians Presidents Summit on April 14.
According to the White House, the climate change summit will reconvene the U.S.-led Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate, which brings together 17 countries responsible for approximately 80 percent of global emissions and global GDP.