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Ban Ki-Moon’s message to the 44th Pacific Islands Forum

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon greets local kids in Tebikenikora, a village on Tarawa atoll in the Pacific island nation of Kiribati.   Mr. Ban met with villagers to hear their concerns about the effects of climate change in this low-lying area. 05 September 2011 Tebikenikora, KiribatiI thank President Christopher Loeak of the Republic of the Marshall Islands and Chair of the Pacific Islands Forum for this opportunity to convey my best wishes to the 44th meeting of your important regional group. I commend all the leaders for your focus on “Marshalling the Pacific Response to the Climate Challenge”.  The Pacific Islands region was Continue reading

Pacific Islands Forum to respond to climate change

A view inside the 42nd Pacific Islands Forum in Auckland, New Zealand, as Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) addresses the forum. 06 September 2011 Auckland, New ZealandFor many countries the effects of climate change may not yet be obvious, but for the people in the Pacific Islands the threat is very real. “There are still some who believe that climate change is a distant threat but for us it is a present threat. It’s happening now and our people are being affected now,” said the Hon. Tessie Eria Lambourne, Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Immigration for the Government of Kiribati during a recent discussion at the Continue reading