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To: Norwegian Nobel Committee

Support President Anote Tong of Kiribati for the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize

Support President Anote Tong of Kiribati for the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize

Anote Tong, president of Kiribati, is among the most prominent world leaders advocating for greater global action on climate change. He has powerfully highlighted that the emission of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases from industrialised nations is endangering the future of Kiribati and other climate-vulnerable nations and cultures. By his own actions he strives to challenge national leaders to assume responsibility for an international response to climate change. We ask the Norwegian Nobel Committee to award President Anote Tong the Nobel Peace Prize for 2015.

Why is this important?

President Tong’s country, the Pacific island nation of Kiribati, is one of the first places to confront sea level rise and other devastating real-life consequences of climate change. President Tong is worthy of the Nobel Peace prize because he plays a significant and constructive role in meeting the challenges of climate change by taking every opportunity to help create a new understanding of global warming in industrialised nations.

President Tong has joined with other leaders of Small Island States to lobby for the United Nations to address Climate Change as a threat to the security of the world’s people. He has shown himself a builder of peace and reconciliation by continually striving to strengthen co-operation between nations and encouraging dialogue at international forums. He promotes protection of the environment as a means of advancing peace and harmony among nations. From the assemblies of the United Nations to meetings of world leaders he has provided an inspirational example of principled non-violent leadership.

After the failure of Copenhagen in 2009, President Tong organized the Tarawa Climate Change Conference which brought together small islands states and large polluting nations to find common agreement, now enshrined in the Ambo Declaration of 2010. In addition, under his leadership Kiribati has designated and is working towards the establishment of the Phoenix Islands Protected Area (PIPA). It will be among the world’s largest environmentally protected areas. Both the Ambo Declaration and the PIPA demonstrate his leadership in showing that small nations can lead the world in taking effective action on climate change. More recently, President Tong’s leadership in setting up the Coalition of Atoll Nations, bringing the frontline most vulnerable states together, is evidence that President Tong is a catalyst the world needs now in the lead up to the climate conference in Paris in December 2015.

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Reasons for signing

  • I believe in him that we Kiribati people are now facing the reality of a severe impact of climate change. It is a shame to our fellow developed countries refuse to listen to voice our president representing our be-loving country
  • Everything I read about President Anote Tong shows him to be a caring concerned statesman. The further recognition of his efforts by awarding him the Nobel Peace Prize will assist the communication of these critical messages to the world's population. I have had the privilige to visit Kiritimati Island. It is mesmerising and so close to submersion.
  • Anote Tong has impressed me as a real statesman unlike the clowns running Australia. His impassioned plea to save his country from the devastating effects of climate change has struck a chord in me.

Updates

2015-04-22 22:06:05 -0400

Anote Tong, the President of Kiribati, said: “It is time to act … Let us match the rhetoric of these international gatherings with pledges and commitments as leaders to do our best to improve conditions and lives of those who need it most.”
http://pacific.scoop.co.nz/2015/03/heed-deadly-wake-up-call-on-climate-change-says-greenpeace/

2015-04-22 21:57:47 -0400

Kiribati’s President, Anote Tong, who’s spoken about the region’s plight at the UN, predicts his country -- home to around 105,000 people -- will start to disappear by about 2030. The government has already bought 6,000 acres of land in Fiji, 1,400 miles south of Kiribati: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-03-30/an-islander-s-bid-to-be-the-world-s-first-climate-refugee

2015-02-09 18:52:18 -0500

100 signatures reached

2015-02-06 20:03:09 -0500

50 signatures reached

2015-02-05 15:00:01 -0500

25 signatures reached

2015-02-05 00:05:26 -0500

10 signatures reached