Tuvalu Paris Agreement

The Prime Minister of Tuvalu has reacted with outrage to President Trump`s decision to leave the Paris Agreement, a reaction shared by many Pacific leaders. Audio Tuvalu Prime Minister Enele Sopoaga says countries must work together to ensure the United States stays in the Paris climate change agreement. Developing countries in the small Pacific islands have called on G20 countries to reaffirm their commitment to the Paris climate agreement. In December 2009, the islands blocked talks at the UN climate change conference in Copenhagen because they feared that some other developing countries would not fully commit to binding agreements on reducing CO2 emissions, said their chief negotiator: “Tuvalu is one of the most vulnerable countries to climate change in the world and our future depends on the outcome of this meeting.” Ian Fry, Tuvalu`s representative, said: “It seems that 30 silver coins are being offered to us to betray our people and our future. Our future is not for sale. I regret to inform you that Tuvalu cannot accept this document. [55] Existing scientific accounts suggest that Tuvalu may become uninhabitable due to sea level rise, but the results of research from the University of Auckland challenge existing accounts by showing that the island`s expansion has been the most frequent physical change in Tuvalu over the past four decades. The results challenge existing perceptions of island losses due to sea level rise, showing that islands are dynamic features that remain as places of residence over the next century and allow for other opportunities for adaptation, not forced exodus. [6] “The name of the qualifier (starting with) Alphabet A, Capital A,” Sopoaga said Wednesday at a press conference after the meeting of heads of state and government. ENSO has a significant impact on sea level throughout the Pacific and can influence the emergence of extreme sea levels.

During the events of La Nia, the amplified trade winds cause a level higher than the normal sea level in the western tropical Pacific and lower than normal values to the east. Conversely, weaker trade winds during El Nio events are unable to maintain the normal sea level slope over the tropical Pacific, resulting in a drop in sea level to the west and an increase to the east. The Pacific Islands, located within a radius of about 10 degrees of the equator, are most affected by sea level changes due to ENSO. [13] He called for funding for climate change and said that new climate finance should be added to existing development assistance. Despite these findings, the Prime Minister of Tuvalu states that “Tuvalu is not expanding” and that “the expansion of the Tuvaluan coastline was not synonymous with habitable land.” [7] “Climate change poses the greatest threat to the livelihoods, security and well-being of the people of the Pacific,” the heads of state and government said in a statement calling on the United States to return to the climate pact. Prime Minister Sopaga said the UN climate change conference must recognise the undeniable link between climate change and security. In a speech to the 60th session of the UN General Assembly on 16 September 2005, Prime Minister Maatia Toafa stressed the impact of climate change as “a broader security issue concerning environmental security. Our long-term security and sustainable development, which live in a very fragile island environment, are closely linked to issues of climate change, biodiversity preservation, management of our limited forests and water resources. [46] “Australia understands the importance that Pacific countries attach to effective global action to combat climate change,” she said.