Nauru President warns of possible climate change ‘economic Armageddon’

UN Photo/Laura Jarriel Lionel Rouwen Aingimea, President of the Republic of Nauru, addresses the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly’s General Debate. (26 September 2019)

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations.


Climate change is putting Pacific tuna fish stocks at risk, potentially creating an “economic Armageddon” for Nauru, President Lionel Aingimea warned the UN General Assembly on Thursday.

The President said tuna fishing generates $6 billion annually for the handful of small island developing States known as the Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA), a 1982 accord on fisheries management.

“This fishery is projected to disperse and disappear from the waters of the nine-member countries and territories of the PNA in the not too distant future: another victim of the climate crisis,” he told fellow world leaders.

“Sea level rise is not only about an existential threat to our small and low-lying island. Climate change also threatens an economic Armageddon if the tuna fishery disappears.”

Nauru, among the smallest countries on the planet, has been pushing for action to support small island developing States in the face of the climate crisis.

President Aingimea reported on national projects that address sustainable development and climate action. For example, the Green Climate Fund and other partners are supporting the upgrade of the maritime port which will boost food and energy security, as well as the local economy.

The President explained that currently ships bringing basic goods to the country must moor at sea while smaller vessels ferry their cargo to shore: a costly set-up which can be affected by unpredictable weather conditions.

“The new port has the potential to become a hub of commerce for our small island and the wider Pacific. Value-added services for fishing and shipping vessels will become viable in Nauru. It will become far easier for ship crews to disembark, providing local business owners with more business opportunities. The port will also open new markets to our exports and facilitate development of new trade partners, new trade ventures, all of which will provide a more diversified and reliable revenue stream for our economy,” he said.

Nauru is also advancing on the Higher Ground initiative, which will see houses and other critical infrastructure moved from coastal areas to the interior.

President Aingimea described it as an “historic opportunity” to build resistance to climate change and sea level rise.

“The new port facility and the Higher Ground initiative, along with an aggressive push on renewable energy and efficiency, serve as the major cornerstones of a sustainable development strategy that has the potential to create good jobs, generate new revenue streams, and radically improve our fiscal situation,” he said.

“More importantly, those efforts will finally create a wealth of new opportunities for our youth: something that has gone missing in Nauru for a generation.”

the sting Milestone

Featured Stings

Can we feed everyone without unleashing disaster? Read on

These campaigners want to give a quarter of the UK back to nature

How to build a more resilient and inclusive global system

Stopping antimicrobial resistance would cost just USD 2 per person a year

First 17 “European Universities” selected: a major step towards building a European Education Area

100 years on, UN labour agency mission focussed on growing inequality, says Director-General

Business can be profitable AND drive progress on societal priorities

Cohesion Policy after 2020: preparing the future of EU investments in health

To retire at 65, American millennials need to save almost half their paycheck

UN Chief ‘strongly rejects’ Guatemala decision to expel anti-corruption body

UN agencies call for action to bolster rights of Europe’s stateless children

The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page

GSMA Mobile 360 in Kuala Lumpur– Digital Societies, in association with The European Sting

What the Fifth Industrial Revolution is and why it matters

Just transition in EU regions: support to people, economy and environment

Happiness apps: how schools are joining the fight for better student mental health

Low productivity jobs continue to drive employment growth

This is why retail is such a sore point in India-US trade relations

Serious concerns over Sahel, require ‘urgent action’: Senior UN Africa official

EU Budget 2019: focus on the young, on migration and innovation

How big data can help us fight climate change faster

Entrepreneurship’s key to success showcased by a serial young entrepreneur

UN Children’s Fund chief condemns ‘horrific’ Kabul bomb attack

EU presses India for a free trade agreement

Former Chilean President Bachelet put forward by UN chief as next High Commissioner for Human Rights

France is bringing back national service

Silicon Valley can do more to achieve the #GlobalGoals

Is Eurozone preparing to abandon austerity and stagnation?

Unemployment and stagnation can tear Eurozone apart if austere policies persist

Lives at risk if wireless technology demands are not held in check: UN weather watchdog

Welfare of transported animals: MEPs urge EU states to do a better job

South Sudan famine threat: UN food security agency in ‘race against time’

How can we make entrepreneurship serve the greater good?

Abu Dhabi is investing $250 million in tech start-ups

EU cross-border payments outside Eurozone: MEPs scrap excessive fees

Restore land to save the planet, boost the economy, says head of UN body combating desertification

COVID-19: Commission provides guidance on EU passenger rights

Africa Forum aims to boost business, reduce costs, help countries trade out of poverty

Teamgum @ TheNextWeb 2014

The global appetite for meat is growing, and it’s harming the planet

All States have ‘primary responsibility’ to protect against hate attacks

End racist discrimination against Afro-European people in the EU

‘Stay at home’ UK tells people as global confirmed cases pass 380,000 – Today’s coronavirus updates

The digital skills gap is widening fast. Here’s how to bridge it

Trump’s Russophiles under investigation, Europe remains ‘en garde’

This Hungarian man quit his job to clean up his favourite river

What’s needed now to fight COVID-19 – Updates from today’s WHO briefing

Endocrine disruptors: A strategy for the future that protects EU citizens and the environment

Youth not prioritised in new Commission

Sudan: top UN official demands cessation of violence and rape against civilians by security forces

MEPs urge the EU to lead the way to net-zero emissions by 2050

Counterfeiters are taking advantage of the pandemic. Here’s how to stop them

Investment, not debt, can kick-start an entrepreneurial Europe

Nearly four million North Koreans in urgent need, as food production slumps by almost 10 per cent

UN rights experts call on Russia to release Ukrainian film-maker whose life is in ‘imminent danger’

Food finally features in the climate debate. Now what?

Terrorist content online: companies to be given just one hour to remove it

Sustainable Infrastructure and Connectivity in the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI): a stimulating China-EU dialogue at European Business Summit 2018

A Sting Exclusive: “Asia-Pacific response to COVID-19 and climate emergency must build a resilient and sustainable future”, by the United Nations Under-Secretary-General

From start-up to scale: This is how governments can accelerate innovation and build inclusive economies

FROM THE FIELD: Enslaved Guatemalan indigenous women wait for reparations

How the world can gear up for the fight against cancer

Mozambique pledging conference hopes to soften devastating blow of back-to-back cyclones

African continent ‘an example of solidarity’ towards migrants and refugees: UN chief

More Stings?

Advertising

Speak your Mind Here

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s