President Anote Tong addressed the nation at the National High-Level Public Hearing on Climate Change at Bairiki Square.

Climate Change Public Hearing 2013

MEDIA RELEASE (April 2013, Office of The President)

A new chapter in the history of Kiribati will unfold this Friday when a first-ever National High-level Climate Change Public Hearing Banner webPublic Hearing on Climate Change gets underway at the nation’s capital, Bairiki.

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Themed as “Let’s work together to build national resilience against Climate Change impacts”, the public hearing will see panel members address the nation on the issue of climate change as well as respond to questions from the public.

Initiated by the Parliament Select Committee on Climate Change, whose one-year tenure comes to an end in August this year, the panel will involve key figures in the nation namely the Head of State and President, Heads of Faith-Based Organizations, Head of Gender-based organizations, Leaders of Political parties, Representatives of Youth, Independent Local Scientists and regional scientific organizations and, concerned citizens.

“The overarching aim in conducting a public hearing as such is to keep citizens informed and to consolidate a national shared hope and vision for a better future of the people of Kiribati while adapting to the impacts of climate change,” MP Rimeta Beniamina, Vice Chairman of the Select Committee on Climate Change and an MP from the island of Nikunau, said.

Mr Beniamina added the public hearing hopes to enhance the understanding of the general public about the issue of climate change and their responsibilities as citizens to complement the Government’s efforts to implement adaptation programs and also to encourage national leaders to jointly work together to prepare their people to be able to adapt to the impacts of climate change.

The National High-level Public Hearing on Climate Change will be aired live on national radio and will see panelists delivering their respective statements on the issue and responding to questions from the general public on the ground, through telephone calls and also via a Facebook page.

The public hearing is on Friday, 19 April 2013 at the Bairiki Square starting from 9.30 am and will be broadcast live across Kiribati on BPA National Radio.

The general public is invited to participate in this national event. For those who can’t attend, voice your questions on our Facebook page (NOW CLOSED) and a select number will be submitted to the panel on the day.