CANNCC sends warnings from the frontier

Apia, 29 August 2014
Kiribati’s Ambassador to the US and the UN, Ms Makurita Baaro, met the Ulu Aliki Faipule Kuresa Nasau in Apia today. The focus of this meeting was the Kiribati initiative on climate change through the Coalition of Atoll Nations on Climate Change (CANCC).

Ms Baaro is a passionate speaker on behalf on Small Island Developing States, who are in the front line of suffering from climate change. It’s only a matter of time, she says, that some of our countries will have disappeared below sea level altogether. And then it will be the turn of the big countries: 75% of their cities are at risk from climate change as well. So if the big countries don’t help the little ones now, she argues, the problem will hit them later, too, and much harder so

The President of Kiribati, Mr Anote Tong will be visiting Samoa during SIDS next week. There he wants to bring together leaders of these climate change frontline countries: Tuvalu, Marshall Islands, Maldives, and Tokelau, so they can jointly raise their voices on climate change under CANCC. The Ulu offered the use of the Tokelau SIDS Engagement Room and Office for CANCC discussions during the Conference.
Kiribati’s Ambassador to the United States and the United Nations, Ms Makurita Baaro, speaks passionately about climate change with the Ulu of Tokelau, Aliki Faipule Kuresa Nasau.
Ambassador Makurita Baaro is the first resident Kiribati Ambassador accredited to the United States of America and to the United Nation. She has previously worked with the Office for the Ongoing Government of Tokelau in the initial review of the Forum’s Pacific Plan.