TARAWA,20 FEBRUARY 2017 (RADIO KIRIBATI)— US deputy chief of mission Doug Sonnek says it is too early to depict the US Government’s current stance on climate change after President Trump promised to pull the US out of the Paris Agreement.

Sonnek made the statement on his recent visit to Kiribati when asked whether or not the current U.S Government will continue its assistance to Kiribati to fight climate change.


“I think you are giving your voice to the concerned not to just the people of Kiribati but of the region because that’s the question I’ve heard in Fiji as well,” said  Sonnek

“The question, I think that the new administration will be answering, or asking themselves is how do we get to the best solutions, and I think that the pre-activity that this new administration is bringing will come with some new approaches and new suggestions and it’s through putting those proposals out and debating them, so we will be able to come to the right solution.

“I can say that some members of the new administration have talked publicly that these are issues that we have to address at the conference of the UNFCCC”.

Sonnek said his government both believe and concerned about the impacts of climate change in Kiribati.

“This is my second visit to Kiribati and I think it was my first visit here when I stood on the causeway at high tide, not too long after Cyclone Pam. On one side you can almost reach out and touch the ocean on both sides at one time almost, and so I think no place more so than in Kiribati do people understand the impact of the environment and so I and the rest of my colleagues in the US government very much take this issue seriously and concerns to the people of Kiribati.”.

Meanwhile, the Kiribati Meteorological Services (KMS) has conducted a face to face discussion forum to discuss in details its weather and climate models and reports it often disseminates to the public.

KMS Director Ueneta Toorua told Radio Kiribati News the general public is targeted in this consultation so people can fully understand the models and reports provided by the MET Office.’

Ueneta Toorua says that if the general public have a better understanding of these models, then it will be easier for them to take the necessary actions from time to time based on what the weather or climate models predict.

Toorua says the MET Office will continue such consultation on a monthly basis….PACNEWS  [/restrict]