Our guest for this episode of "Catching the last wave" is Honorable Bikenibeu Paeniu, former Prime Minister of Tuvalu and currently a consultant for the Tuvalu Climate Action Network (TuCAN) and technical advisor for the Ministry of Agriculture.
Honorable Bikenibeu was the youngest ever Prime Minister of Tuvalu at the age of 33, as well as the first Tuvalu Prime Minister to sign the UNFCCC and the Convention of Biological Diversity (CBD) in Rio in 1992. He was the lead UNDP consultant to review the Constitution of Tuvalu - the supreme law of Tuvalu which also highlights the need to safeguard the rights of Tuvaluans over their Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) in the event Tuvalu is fully submerged under the sea level. Hon. Bikeni was also the lead consultant who prepared Tuvalu’s current National Strategy for Sustainable Development 2021 to 2030 (locally known as Te Kete) highlighting climate change as a challenge to sustainable development.
Together with Hon. Bikenibeu, we explored what climate security means for Tuvalu and what can be done to ensure the survival of its people. He gave us unique insights into how climate change is threatening the present and the future of his country and our planet and urged global leaders to commit to ensuring a sustainable future for all of us. Enjoy!
The podcast series “Catching the last wave” will explain how climate change is already and will continue shaping the way communities are living. It aims at raising awareness on climate security and foster an effective and informed dialogue on the issue at the regional and global levels, thereby providing an inclusive approach to building resilience. Read more.