TUVALUANS WILL NOT LEAVE TUVALU DESPITE CLIMATE CHANGE THREATS
Participants to the TANGO Forum on Climate Change Induced Migration
(Rev Dr. Kitiona Tausi)
The Prime Minister, Rt Hon. Enele Sosene Sopoaga has confirmed to the nation through his statement addressing the participants to TANGO’s Climate Induced Migration Forum which was held in Funafuti on 12 – 13 June 2018 which was broadcasted live on Radio Tuvalu. He said ‘Tuvalu has no plan to be relocated in the case of climate change, but we have to continue working and develop Tuvalu to ensure that our people live in great prosperity and in security and peace.”
Tuvalu is in the forefront in the fight against the impacts of climate change taking into accounts its smallness and vulnerability.
Rt Hon Sopoaga and Mr Tong are called twin brothers and champion in advocacy works on climate change.
The title of the forum was ‘Climate – Induced Migration Forum and the Rt Hon Sopoaga suggested a change to include change after climate thus, the name is now “Climate Change-Induced Migration Forum” which will make the forum more relevant to the current issue of climate change.
The forum was made possible by the Tuvalu Association of Non-Governmental Organization (TANGO) who also coordinated the forum’s programme. Rt. Hon Sopoaga commented that ‘this forum is like a warming up meeting before the Polynesian Leaders Group Summit which will also have climate change as its main issue for dialogue.
There were presentations delivered by presenters on respective topics. H.E. Anote Tong delivered the keynote address. Emele Duituturaga, PIANGO’s Executive Director presented on ‘Climate-Induced Migration from a CSO Perspective. The Senior Magistrate, Simon Kofe delved on the topic of “Implications of Climate Change of Statehood”. USP Centre Director, Dr. Rosiana Lagi talked on “The Future of Traditional Knowledge.
Ms Peptua Latasi, the Director of ‘Climate Change Policy and Disaster Coordination Unit’ presented a paper on the “Loss and Damage – From UNFCCC to Tuvalu and TANGO Coordinator, Maina Talia talked on the ‘Non-Economic Loss and Damage. Netani Rika, Programme Secretary for Communications of the Pacific Conference of Churches presented a paper on “Migration from an Ecumenical Perspective”
The General Secretary of EKT, Rev Tafue Lusama presented a paper on “The Role of the Church/Migration” while Dr Tapugao Falefou, the Secretary for the Ministry of Communication and Transport, presented the issue of “Identity and Sovereignty”.
The participants to the forum were island community leaders, representatives from members of TANGO, CSO, the private sectors and governments.
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