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Kiribati President commends Fiji on climate change leadership

September 28, 2015 1:14 am

Kiribati President Anote Tong has commended Fiji in its efforts to champion the realities of climate change impact.

In an exclusive interview with FBC News, President Anote Tong says he will be convening an extraordinary meeting with other Pacific island countries to discuss the issue of climate induced migration.

‘’Fiji has been the one country that’s been the most forthcoming and I think it’s challenging every other country and I think this is a, a kind of response that has been sadly lacking in the past, there’s been no leadership of this and Fiji is taking leadership’’.

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The recent deportation of Kiribati national Ioane Teitiota from New Zealand last week has had a rippling effect.

Kiribati President Anote Tong admits while there isn’t a need now to claim climate change refugee status, it is something to be discussed for the future.

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