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Kiribati commends Fiji at COP21 Summit

Fiji was once again praised for leading the charge to help countries that were seriously under threat from climate change. This time around at a world event, again, President Anote
02 Dec 2015 09:43
Kiribati commends Fiji at COP21 Summit

Fiji was once again praised for leading the charge to help countries that were seriously under threat from climate change.

This time around at a world event, again, President Anote Tong of Kiribati commended Fiji at the COP21 in Paris for offering to help his people and Tuvalu who may need relocation because of the rising sea level.

He said: “It is so heartening to hear that Fiji in response to our calls to the international community has undertaken to accommodate our people from Kiribati, our people from Tuvalu in the event climate change renders our home uninhabitable.

“Thank you Fiji,” to which leaders and officials in one of the two plenaries where world leaders are addressing COP21 gave a hearty applause.

Kiribati has a population of about 110,000 scattered over 33 small, low-lying islands extending over a total area of 3.5m sq km.

President Tong also urged negotiators to approach the next two weeks as global citizens, and not to bring their national political agenda into the global negotiations.

He reiterated his call for a moratorium on new coal mines, urging them to go for an agreement that is legally binding and inclusive.

“The future of every men, women and children, all cultures, cities, villages hang in the balance, we must not remain indecisive going forward. To those of us whose survival is at stake, our plea is simple, let us give substance to the pledges that have been made.”

He urged leaders not pay lip service.

“Let us have a legally binding agreement, even if its not perfect but at least it will guarantee that future generations in each of our nations will continue to have their homes as is their right.”

He urged them to listen to the voice of their people. “The voice of the future. Let us return to our people with clear guarantee that their future is secured. We owe this to our people, we owe this to our grandchildren, we owe this to our conscience.”

President Tong had recently finalised the purchase of 20 sqkm on Vanua Levu.

The Church of England has sold a stretch of land mainly covered by dense forest for $8.77m.

He said they would hope not to put everyone on one piece of land, but if it became absolutely necessary they could do it.

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