UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has praised the the strong leadership and decisive action by Kiribati President Anote Tong on climate change.
In a release on Friday, he said: 'I have brought the call for global environmental stewardship to officials at the United Nations and in capitals around the world. I will continue to do so. We need action and ambition to address the climate challenge.'
'Ban Ki Moon’s words are timely as the international campaign to promote the candidacy of Kiribati's President, Anote Tong, for the Nobel Peace Prize gains momentum,” said Phil Glendenning, director of the Edmund Rice Centre in Sydney, Australia.
'The UN's New York launch of the International Year for Small Island Developing States again highlights the strong leadership and decisive action taken by President Tong in calling to world attention the threat climate change poses to international peace and security'.
Mr Glendenning is spokesperson for the committee of prominent individuals from the international community formed to promote this Pacific leader's climate message.
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