President of Kiribati says sacrifices are needed to address climate change

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Anote Tong. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

The leader of the small island nation of Kiribati in the Pacific Ocean on Tuesday called on world leaders to make sacrifices to tackle the challenge of climate change.

President Anote Tong told the Climate Summit in New York that action is needed now to guarantee a secure future for the people of small island nations.

President Tong said his country has already taken positive steps.

"We as an ocean state have a small contribution towards the preservation of one of the greatest natural endowments, the Pacific Ocean, the establishment of the Phoenix Islands Protected Area, the second largest marine protected area in the world, which compliments the Pacific Oceanscape, an initiative which encompasses other small island nations' marine protected areas and the Pacific Oceanscape is our Pacific contribution and with it a statement to the global community that sacrifices can indeed be made." (27")

President Tong called for what he described as "genuine commitment" to address the challenge of climate change.

He said low lying island states are concerned about the slow pace of global action.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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