Fiji Nominates President Tong to Nobel Peace Prize – Commended also for PIDF Support
MEDIA RELEASE: FIJIAN PRIME MINISTER NOMINATES KIRIBATI PRESIDENT FOR NOBEL PEACE PRIZE
Hon. Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has nominated the President of the Republic of Kiribati His Excellency Anote Tong as a candidate to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.
The Prime Minister’s support for President Tong was conveyed in a letter to the Tong Nobel Committee on his behalf by the Acting Head of Mission at the Fiji High Commission in Australia, Cheryl Brown – Irava.
“President Tong’s personal commitment to advocating a stronger and more coordinated international response to the climate change challenges of our times is exemplary and deserving of recognition,” Mrs Irava said conveyed on behalf of the Fijian Prime Minister.
“He is unrelenting in his efforts to highlight the particular vulnerabilities of Kiribati and other small island developing States to the effects of climate change and other natural disasters.”
The Acting Head of Mission added that the support towards a broader and comprehensive response to climate change is evident in the support that President Tong provides to regional institutions such as the Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF).
“The PIDF is the only regional body that promotes a high-level multi-stakeholder response to address sustainable development, which includes tackling the root causes and impacts of climate change,” Mrs Irava said.
“Like other Pacific Leaders, President Tong demonstrates his support not only in words but in deeds by attending PIDF meetings and actively participating in the discussions.”
The letter of support was sent to the spokesperson for the Tong Nobel Committee, Phil Glendenning.
President Anote Tong with other Pacific Leaders at the 2013 Inaugural PIDF Summit in Nadi