Region

Tuvalu

  • Atoll nations declare their rights to remain in their islands

    December 13, 2019

    I will not leave the lands of my ancestors! I will not abandon my motherland! I refuse to leave the only place I call home!” These were the words of 21-year-old youth and future leader of Kiribati, Ms. Tabitha Awerika, at a side event organised by the Coalition of Atoll Nations on Climate Change (CAN-CC), […]

  • Pacific island nations at COP25 in Madrid. Photo by Allan Jay Quesada

    Pacific island nations at the climate talks: Leave no one behind

    December 12, 2019

    Describing climate change as one of the greatest threats to their survival, leaders of the sinking countries in the Pacific region urged the international community at the 25th Conference of Parties (COP25) to urgently act and avert climate crisis. “ We are clearly on the frontline of climate change. They are realities for countries in […]

  • Climate fuelled disasters forcing more than 20 million people a year from their homes

    December 2, 2019

    Climate fuelled disasters were the number one driver of displacement within countries over the last decade, forcing more than 20 million people to leave their homes each year, Oxfam said today. The contentious issue of financial support for communities that have suffered loss and damage as a result of the climate crisis, including people who […]

  • ‘We need support’: Pacific Islands seek help and unity to fight climate change

    October 7, 2019

    In recent weeks, children marched, nations made promises and teenage Swedish activist Greta Thunberg scolded world leaders for “failing us.” But while one of the groups most vulnerable to climate change, the Pacific Islands, may have received fewer headlines, it was among those making the strongest calls for action. Pacific Island government officials in New […]

  • Ocean at ‘breaking point’: Pacific angst at latest climate report

    October 3, 2019

    For 74-year-old Teaga Esekia, a chief from the Tuvalu island of Vaitupu, the ocean is a lifeblood. “Tuvaluans, they have different types of months, not like January to December,” said the elderly but agile man, who still climbs coconut trees every day. “They have their seasons according to fish and planting. We tell the time […]

  • Tuvalu youth to join strike for climate in New York

    September 10, 2019

      A young woman from the climate change-impacted island country of Tuvalu, is attending the first ever UN Youth Climate Summit in New York on Saturday, 21 September. Lilipeti Suiti Faavae is one of 500 hundred young people from around the world selected to attend the Youth Climate Summit after demonstrating their commitment to addressing […]

  • Pacific Islands Forum credit: Pacific Islands Secretariat

    Forum marathon reveals tensions over climate policy

    August 17, 2019

    In a marathon leaders’ retreat that continued well into the night, with often heated debate, the Pacific Islands Forum has issued a joint communique and a new declaration on climate change. Throughout this week in Tuvalu, the Australian delegation has defended a series of negotiating red lines against strong pressure from island leaders, seeling more […]

  • Fiji PM calls for urgent need for the world to step up its response to climate threat

    August 17, 2019

    Pacific Islanders and climate-vulnerable people the world over will welcome our collective declarations at the end of the 50th Pacific Islands Forum in Tuvalu on the urgent need for the world to step up its response to the climate threat says Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimara. “There is no doubt that holding our gathering in […]

  • Why this Time cover is a disgrace to the climate realities of Pacific islanders

    August 5, 2019

    Eleven thousand. That’s approximately how many people are living in Tuvalu right now. That is exactly how many people are facing direct threats to their homes, livelihoods and identities as a result of rising sea levels, storm surges, cyclones and the other climate change-related events hitting Tuvalu on a monthly basis. Hundreds have already left […]

  • Tuvalu bans single use plastic starting August 1

    July 30, 2019

    FUNAFUTI, 29 JULY 2019 (RNZ PACIFIC) — A single use plastic ban and importation levy comes into force in Tuvalu from the beginning of August to help deal with waste in the small remote islands. It’s hoped the new measures will ease pressure on an overflowing rubbish dump on Fogafale where most of the population […]