A statement delivered to the 67th General Assembly annual General Debate by the President of Kiribati, addressing the real and existential threat of climate change and sea level rise to the long-term survival of Kiribati. He applauded the Secretary-General’s commitment to addressing the security threat caused by climate change and called on all nations to take the requisite action to address it. He urged development partners to provide the appropriate level of resources and technology to address the current impact of climate change and sea level rise and to prepare for an uncertain future.
While noting some positive progress at the recent climate change talks in Bangkok, which built on the decisions made in Durban last year, he stated that action had been too slow and called on the international community to move to implement agreed action without delay. He also said that Kiribati is preparing for the day when the island could not longer sustain its population, even if the island nation is also taking measures to ensure it remained inhabitable for as long as possible.
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