Coalition of Low-Lying Atoll Nations
The Coalition of Low Lying Atoll Nations on Climate Change (CANCC), describe themselves as being on 'the frontline of climate change and the early warning system' for the global community. Participating countries includes the nations of Kiribati, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Tokelau and Tuvalu. These nations will be the first focus of Pacific Rising. They have joined forces to focus global attention on the plight of their people, as these atoll nations are barely three meters above sea-water level. Pacific Rising's first priority is to support CANCC, an open coalition inclusive of potential atoll islands and will include country and development partners genuinely interested in supporting their cause. CANCC presents a whole new security challenge that the world must address—bringing new meaning to 'human rights' and the right to a safe, secure future. These nations are united in believing that climate change has raised a new dimension to the right to clean drinking water, the right to education and the right to survive.
Kiribati President Anote Tong
President Tong has been a visionary global leader on the threats posed by climate change to his nation and other Pacific Island nations. For more than a decade he has challenged the international leaders and the world to understand the circumstances that confront his people, their culture and the peoples and cultures of other climate-vulnerable low-lying populations. President Tong says his country’s citizens won’t be able to remain on the physical islands of Kiribati much longer without drastic change on global warming. President Tong's calls for the world's attention to the plight of his people have consistently resounded within the General Assembly of the United Nations during the annual program of addresses from world leaders over the past eight years, and he has repeated these calls within many of the annual 'negotiation' summits for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change - Conference of the Parts 'UNFCCC - COP.' President Tong's vision and leadership are a guiding influence on everything Pacific Rising is doing.
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