Funafuti, Tuvalu (9 July, 2019): The caretaker Government of Tuvalu has taken the initiative to establish partnership with the island community of Funafuti, through peaceful dialogue to take place on Wednesday 10 July, 2019.
Prime Minister Enele Sosene Sopoaga said in the wake of the blocking of the runway by the Funafuti community this month over their land issue, the Cabinet has agreed to initiate peaceful talks with the community leaders, to discuss a way forward that is beneficial to both parties and the nation.
Prime Minister Sopoaga said the issue has prompted questions from leaders of other Forum Island Leaders especially the troika, whether Tuvalu is still able to host the 2019 Pacific Forum leaders’ meeting in August.
Tuvalu was given a week to report back to the Pacific leaders.
The dialogue however will not be discussing the lands issue but will be focussing on how both parties can work cooperatively and in partnership, maybe even establishing a Joint Consultative Body.
Prime Minister said this is not an issue for the law to settle. “We have to look into us, to our Tuvalu way of life and how it resolves such issues.”
The dialogue which will have no set agenda, will be held on neutral ground and forged on customs and traditions and mutual respect.
Sopoaga said, “The outcome of the dialogue will be the way forward.”
Funafuti, Tuvalu (9 July, 2019): The Green Climate Fund has approved 52 million Australian dollars for Tuvalu’s coastal protection projects on the three islands of Nanumea, Nanumaga and Funafuti.
Caretaker Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Prime Minister Enele Sosene Sopoaga said he received the good news in a message from the Green Climate Fund (GCF) yesterday.
The funds are for coastal protection through reclamation projects which would help give back the huge blocks of land that had eroded from these islands out to sea, from impacts of climate change. In an important meeting with GCF in Songdo last month, the Tuvalu delegation proposed an amendment to the coastal protection intervention, initially planned for Funafuti under the Tuvalu Coastal Adaptation Project (TCAP).
Prime Minister Sopoaga said the funds will be dispersed to Tuvalu this month, and will be extended to other islands of Tuvalu and also extend to funding education and training on climate science, engineering, local Government capacity, food security, fish and our seas.
The Prime Minister highly commends the hard work of Government officials responsible for bringing this dream to fruition.
In addition to these officer’s hard work, Prime Minister said the landmark visit from the Secretary General of the United Nations António Guterres, and his recent visit to the GCF’s Co-Chair Josceline Wheatley in London had all contributed to Tuvalu’s receiving approval of the funds.