TUVALU TO RAISE CLIMATE CHANGE AT UN SPECIAL SESSION ON
FUNAFUTI, Tuvalu (May 9, 2002 – Radio Australia)---Tuvalu is planning
to use the United Nations Special Session on Children to again bring the
issue of global warming to the world’s attention.
The country's Permanent Representative to the UN, Enele Sopoaga, said
there was hardly any point talking about the future of children when that
future was gravely threatened by a rise in sea level.
Tuvalu is investigating the possibility of launching a lawsuit against
industrialized countries that will make them financially responsible for
the threat it says it is under.
The country opened a permanent mission to the UN in New York last year for
the sole purpose of pushing climate change issues.
Mr. Sopoaga said Tuvalu had few options, and if a lawsuit would ensure
long-term security for its children, the government would take it up.