The Prime Minister, Rt Hon Enele S. Sopoaga addressing the Vaitupu and the Nanumaga communitie during the entertainment programme for the opening of the Polynesian Group Leaders Climate Change Sautalaga
(Rev Dr. Kitiona Tausi)
After welcoming the participants from Polynesian countries to the Polyensian Leaders Group Climate Change Sautalaga on Tuesday, 26 June 2018 at the Kainaki II Falekaupule, the Governor General, His Excellency Iakoba
Taeia Italeli honored their arrival in Tuvalu and their participation in this ‘saulataga’ which he said could be an ‘eye opener to the vulnerabilities faced by Polynesia countries. like Tuvalu, to the impacts of climate changes.”
He also said, Coral atoll nations like our own are really at the frontline of the impacts. Our oceans and coastlines are our livelihoods and the centre of our culture.
Before concluding his speech, the Governor General suggested an item for the list of recommendations from this ‘sautalaga’. He suggested ‘that this meeting could recommend that Tuvalu establish a Centre of Excellence on Coral Atoll Adaptation. Such a Centre would allow us to share our experience and create opportunities for scientists, engineers, community adaptation experts to come and study here and share their experiences.”
This ‘sautalaga’ will enable the secretariat of the session to draft a Polynesia Leaders Declaration on Climate Change and Oceans that has been presented to the Polynesian Leaders Group meeting on Thursday last week.
Tuvalu has also the opportunity for the attendance of two very important persons in line with the Green Climate fund, Ms Espinos and Ms Daiane MaCFadzien, the Polynesian representative from the Cook Islands at the GCF Secretariat.
(L-R): The Prime Minister, Rt Hon Enele S. Sopoaga, the Governor General, His Excellency, Iakoba T. Italeli and the Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC, Ms Patricia Espinosa during the opening
(Rev Dr. Kitiona Tausi)
The 8th Polynesia Leaders’ Group Summit was opened on Tuesday afternoon, 26 June 2016 at the Kainakai II Felakaupule. The summit was opened by Tuvalu’s Governor General, His Excellency Iakoba Italelei Taeia. The opening Ceremony began with a gospel message and then a prayer by the President of the Ekalesia Kelisiano Tuvalu, Rev Penitusi Taeia and then the Governor General delivered the opening address.
After the Governor General delivered the opening remarks, then Ms Espinosa delivered her remarks.
In the evening, there was dinner at the new extension at the government’s main office building followed by live dancing entertainment provided by two island communities, Nanumaga and Vaitupu.
A MORE COMPREHENSIVE REPORT OF THE OPENING REMARKS BY THE GOVERNOR GENERAL AND OTHER PROCEEDINGS WILL APPEAR IN THE NEXT ISSUE OF KMT NEWS
ON MONDAY, 02 JULY 2018
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.
KMT NEWS WILL PUBLISH SPECIAL ISSUES ON SATURDAY, 23 JUNE, MONDAY 25 – FRIDAY, 29 JUNE 2018 SPECIALLY TO COVER THE POLYNESIAN LEADERS’ GROUP SUMMIT
Rt. Hon. Enele Sopoaga when addressing TMTI 100th course graduate at the end of last year 2017
(Ms Afasene Iosefa)
The Prime Minister of Tuvalu Rt. Hon Enele Sosene Sopoaga and Madame Salilo Enele Sopoaga hosted a Prayer Breakfast Gathering at 5.30am, Tuesday 3rd April 2018. The purpose of the gathering is for Cabinet Ministers to deliver presentations on the ‘Te Kakeaga III Roadmap.
The prayer breakfast gathering opened with a devotion that was conducted by the EKT President, Rev. Penitusi Taeia, after which the presentation by minister. This current government normally host prayer breakfast gathering in the beginning of the year.
Hon Namoliki Sualiki presenting the laptops to Mr Halo Tuavai
(Rev Dr. Kitiona Tausi)
The Prime Minister of Tuvalu, the Rt. Hon. Enele Sosene Sopoaga presented 5 Samsung laptops for the MKH General Typing, Computer and Accounting School yesterday moning at a presentation ceremony held at the Foyer at the Government’s Main Building.
The ceremony began with a devotion facilitated by Rev Paneta Maibuca.
In his presentation, Rt Hon Sopoaga explained that the gift was secured in response to a request by some mature students of the school during its graduation ceremony at the end of last year in which he was made chief quest. He added the 5 Samsung laptops were secured from the Fishing Company in Korea ‘Dongwon’. The Prime Minister was also very thankful to Dongwon for willing to support government. He stressed that this government was happy to present the gift to KMH for the purpose of delivering an effective service for a change.
The MKH Principal, Mr Halo Tuavai responded to the Prime Minister’s address and he acknowldged the gifts on behalf of MKH. He thanked the Prme Minister for facilitating the request for laptops by the graduating students of last year. Mr Tuavai aso briefed the ceremony guests about the struggles that had been faced by the school since its first establishment in 1996. He said that laptops are very precious gifts and he is sure that they will be used effectively by the school.
The Rt Hon. Prime Minister gave the opportunity to the Leader of the Government Caucus, Hon Minister of Home Affairs, Mr Namoliki Sualiki to present the laptops to MKH Principal, Mr Halo Tuvalu.
His Excellency Marc Su and Rt. Hon. Enele Sosene Sopoaga
Photo: With the complement of the Tuvalu Government Media
A cheque amounting to AU$4, 047, 920 was received on Monday (19 March 2018) morning by the Government of Tuvalu. The cheque was presented by the Ambassador of the Republic of China on Taiwan in Tuvalu, His Excellency Marc Su. The cheque was received by the Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon Enele Sosene Sopoaga on behalf of the Government of Tuvalu.
Before he presented the cheque, His Excellency Marc Su thanked the Government of Tuvalu for supporting Taiwan especially in international meetings and also for the very good relationship Taiwan has enjoyed since the two nations established diplomatic relationship.
The cheque was Taiwan’s assistance and contribution to Tuvalu in its development.
The Rt Hon Prime Minister Sopoaga on behalf of the Government of Tuvalu responded by thanking the Government of Taiwan through Ambassador Marc Su for its continuous support for Tuvalu.
The Republic of China (Taiwan) is the only country that has a permanent diplomatic mission in Tuvalu.
The Prime Minister, Hon Enele Sopoaga in his office a few weeks ago
(Rev Dr. Kitiona Tausi)
The Prime Minister of Tuvalu, Hon Enele Sosene Sopoaga has been appointed as a Member of the Queen’s Privy Council. This news was released today for public information by the Office of the Governor General and the official appointment was conveyed by Buckingham Palace on 05 March 2018.
The Prime Minister will now be addressed as the Rt. Hon Enele Sosene Sopoaga.
The Hon Prime Minister is travelling at the moment and he is expected to return to Tuvalu on Thursday this week.
Tuvalu’s premier, Enele Sopoaga, says he would like to see the private sector take a role in helping economic development and fighting climate change in his country. Tuvalu is considered one of the most threatened Pacific Island nations because of rising sea levels due to climate change. Mr Sopoaga told Pacific Trade and Invest that Tuvalu was working on many fronts to combat the effects of climate change.
He said the private sector could be instrumental in helping create economic resilience. Mr Sopoaga said traditional products like toddy or viscous coconut sugar syrup have great potential. He said coconut oil and breadfruit were also promising candidates for exports with the right kind of processing and packaging inputs to develop them. The Prime Minister said there were no supply issues because of the abundance of coconut trees and the communities’ readiness in producing toddy for sale. “One coconut can produce as much as five litres of toddy,” he said. Mr Sopoaga believes the product has good export potential. The government has had samples assayed at the laboratories of the University of the South Pacific (USP) in Suva, Fiji and have developed a nutrition label in preparation for exports.
THE Prime Minister of Tuvalu, Enele Sopoaga, says the recently-released University of Auckland research pointing to an increase in his country’s land mass is flawed. Enele Sopoaga told Fijian media at a press conference in Suva this afternoon that Tuvalu was not expanding and said the University of Auckland research released by New Zealand media two days ago was flawed and risky.
Mr Sopoaga rejected the research by the university’s coastal geomorphologists, Professor Paul S. Kench, Dr Murray R. Ford and Dr Susan D. Owen, which was largely based on 40 years worth of imagery of the Tuvaluan shoreline.
PM said the expansion of Tuvaluan shoreline did not equate to habitable land for the people of the ‘sinking’ country. Entitled ‘Patterns of island change and persistence offer alternate adaptation pathways for atoll nations’, the research paper was submitted to the university in July 2017 and approved on January 9, published online on February 9. “Results highlight a net increase in land area in Tuvalu of 73.5ha (2.9 per cent), despite sea-level rise, and land area increase in eight of nine atolls,” the research abstract explains. “Results challenge perceptions of island loss, showing islands are dynamic features that will persist as sites for habitation over the next century, presenting alternate opportunities for adaptation that embrace the heterogeneity of island types and their dynamics.” PM Sopoaga said the report and the release of its findings were “rather unfortunate”.
“As the leader of the Tuvalu, about which most of the report has paid most of its focus, I find it totally unfortunate and perhaps untimely in that the news item was never allowed responding or verifying by Tuvalu authorities,” the PM said. “It was simply put for public consumption without proper verification. I strongly feel this is irresponsible reporting and irresponsible disclosure of information which should have been properly verified.” The PM said the report should have been contextualised with features of climate change effects such as saltwater intrusion. Alluding to mischievous agenda, Mr Sopoaga said neither the researchers nor the University of Auckland had sourced the partnership of Tuvaluan scientists or government and he questioned why the scientists had not brought the research to light at COP23 in Germany last November. “We should have been given the chance so that our scientists, our experts on climate change and on the movement of atoll islands be given the opportunity to at least look at the report and comment,” Mr Sopoaga said. The Tuvaluan government will respond to the report and also upload an alternative viewpoint to the Talanoa Dialogue Portal, which was set up by UN Climate Change (UNFCCC) in late January.
Tuvalu illegal overstayers in New Zealand has been a long-standing issue and past governments have tried to find solutions to the issue but none had been successful. The current government of Hon. Enele Sosene Sopoaga is making another attempt to look into the issue and hopefully a solution can be found.
In his recent visit to New Zealand and in a press conference on Thursday, 22 February, he said that government is now working together with the new New Zealand Government in an effort to solve the issue. Hon Sopoaga said about 500 Tuvaluans are classed as illegal overstayers in New Zealand and they are living in hiding moving from place to place. Their children are not going to school and they don’t have bank accounts and thus do not go to the banks. They are really in desperate situations and they need immediate help.
In his discussion with the new Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Artern, Hon Sopoaga requested her if her government could be sympathetic with Tuvalu overstayers who are living in fear in case they are caught and get deported instantly. Some of them have lived in New Zealand long enough to be qualified for permanent residency status. Some of their children have married there and have also given birth to children. He Humbly requested Jacinda to kindly consider offering permanent residence for them.
Hon Sopoaga confirmed that his government and the government of New Zealand will work together on this issue. First of all, they agreed to have all these overstayers submit all the required immigration papers to the proper NZ authority and they will have to look at it and make a decision. So, Hon Sopoaga is appealing to Tuvaluan illegal overstayers in New Zealand to comply with this requirement. Hon. Enele said that his government is fully committed to having this issue discussed and solved as quickly as possible and he wishes that New Zealand grant permanent residency status for them.