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Tuvalu Participates at the Second France – Oceania Summit
Paris, France - 26th June
Press Release from The Permanent Mission of Tuvalu to the United Nations
Tuvalu participated actively at the Second France – Pacific Summit which was recently convened in Paris, France, on 26th June 2006 hosted by the President of France, His Excellency Mr Jacque Chirac. The Summit was attended by all Pacific Island Forum Heads of States and Governments and representatives.
Tuvalu was represented by His Excellency, Reverend Filoimea Telito, Governor General and First Lady Madam Pepa Telito, accompanied by His Excellency, Mr Enele S Sopoaga, Tuvalu Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Mr Uale Taleni, Assistant Secretary General, and Dr Karl Koch, Tuvalu Honorary Consul to Belgium.
The Summit focused mainly on strengthening cooperation between France and the Pacific island countries to address political stability, economic development and environmental security in the Pacific particularly against global warming and climate change. France agreed to work closely together with the Pacific on the implementation of the UNFCCC and the Kyoto Protocol.
President Chirac also renewed France’s commitment to improving ties with all countries in the Pacific, and cooperation on governance, sustainable development, human rights, fisheries, disasters and climate change and sea level rise. He also promised the Pacific leaders that he would champion the Pacific concerns on climate change and sustainable development at the forthcoming G8 Summit in St Petersburg, in the European Union, and the United Nations.
In his address to the Summit, Tuvalu Governor General, His Excellency Reverend Filoimea Telito, underscored the urgent need for all countries to address climate change through comprehensive reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, and to support earliest actions on adaptation in small island developing States like Tuvalu against the impacts of climate change and sea level rise.His Excellency Telito noted that “…the effects of climate change on small islands like Tuvalu is not an Atlantis myth, it is simply the reality of the magnitude of the threat to our communities in Tuvalu and the Pacific. The world cannot close their eyes on us” .
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