Foreign Minister of Tuvalu wades in water to read climate message

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Tuvalu wore a vest, rolled up his pants and stood in the sea to highlight Tuvalu’s fight against climate change.

Tuvalu Foreign Minister Simon Kofe on November 8 stood in knee-deep water on a beach on Fongafale island in the capital Funafuti, behind the Tuvalu flag and the United Nations flag.

He recorded a speech scheduled to be broadcast on 9/11 at the 26th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP26) taking place in Glasgow, Scotland.

Tuvalu Foreign Minister Simon Kofe records his speech for COP26 in Funafuti on November 8.  Photo: Reuters

Foreign Minister Simon Kofe records his speech for COP26 in Funafuti on November 8. Photo: Reuters

“This declaration combines the objective of COP26 with the real situation facing Tuvalu of the impacts of climate change and sea level rise, underscoring the drastic action Tuvalu is taking to address the issue. The urgency is to relocate the population in the face of climate change,” he said.

The image of Foreign Minister Kofe wearing a vest and knee-high rolled-up pants was widely shared on social media, drawing attention to the problem that the low-lying Pacific nation is facing on the front lines against climate change. Queen.

The COP26 conference took place from October 31 to November 12 with the participation of officials from 200 countries and territories. Negotiators are working to resolve outstanding issues since the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement was signed, while also seeking to keep global temperatures from rising more than 1.5 degrees Celsius this century. with the pre-industrial era.

Hong Hanh (Follow Reuters)

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