Pacific RISA hosts His Excellency Anote Tong, former President of the Republic of Kiribati

Pacific RISA hosts His Excellency Anote Tong, former President of the Republic of Kiribati

 

This month NOAA’s Pacific RISA and the East-West Center had the honor of hosting a leadership dialogue on addressing climate change in the Pacific Islands with His Excellency, Anote Tong, former President of the Republic of Kiribati. Twice nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, President Tong has been on the forefront of raising awareness of the impacts of climate change. Joining this inspiring conversation were representatives from Hawaiʻi state and local government, international consulates, NGOs, and academia, as well as University of Hawaiʻi students hailing from Kiribati, Fiji, and Niue. Participants discussed the need to transform how we mitigate and adapt to the impacts of climate change in the Pacific Islands, and how to build resilience by finding innovative ways to meet future challenges.


About our Guest: His Excellency Anote Tong served as President of the Republic of Kiribati from 2003 to 2016. Tong has witnessed his island nation struggle with the devastating impacts of sea level rise and has become an outspoken advocate for climate action on the global stage. As an extraordinary measure to set an example for the rest of the world, Tong created the Phoenix Islands Protected Area, one of the largest marine protected areas, which was inscribed as a United Nations World Heritage site in 2008.  Twice nominated for the Nobel-Peace Prize, winner of the Sunhak Peace Prize and 2012 Hillary Laureate, Tong has been honored numerous times for his leadership on climate change and ocean conservation.


For additional information contact:
Zena Grecni, Sustained Climate Assessment Specialist, grecniz@eastwestcenter.org
Victoria Keener, Principal Investigator, keenerv@eastwestcenter.org
Wendy Miles, Program Manager, milesw@eastwestcenter.org

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