September 22, 2021
Michael R. Bloomberg, the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Climate Ambition and Solutions, met with Palauan President Surangel Whipps, Jr. in New York City today. Bloomberg and President Whipps exchanged views on topics of common interest, including climate change and ocean protection. Special Envoy Bloomberg and the President reiterated the importance of international climate adaptation funding for vulnerable small island developing states ahead of climate negotiations later this year. Bloomberg also commended Palau’s commitment to ocean protection as evidenced by its designation of the Palau National Marine Sanctuary, covering 80 percent of national waters. Palau will host the global Our Ocean Conference in Palau in February 2022.