I’m writing to you with an urgent message as the Prime Minister of Tuvalu: Our country is sinking! My homeland could be one of the first nations to be wiped off the map due to climate change. But we won’t give up. We will fight! In a few hours, I’m addressing the climate summit in Egypt to call for a new global treaty to phase out fossil fuels and help vulnerable countries cope with climate devastation. Join my urgent call to world leaders now!
Dear world leaders at the COP,
Climate change is drowning the Pacific Islands.
The world’s addiction to oil, gas and coal threatens to swallow our lands under the warming seas – inch by inch.
But we will not stand by as our home is wiped from the map!
So we’re uniting with a hundred Nobel laureates and thousands of scientists worldwide to urge world leaders to join the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty to manage a just transition away from fossil fuels.
The time has come to make peace with the planet. To deliver vulnerable nations the long overdue funding needed to cope with the loss and damage incurred from climate disasters and to make polluters pay.
They say that one day, the oceans will swallow the place we call home. But I promise you this: until that day comes, we will keep fighting.
Because if we can save our islands, we can save the world.
Tuvalu mo te Atua
Prime Minister of Tuvalu
The prime minister of Tuvalu is the head of government of Tuvalu. According to Tuvalu’s constitution, the prime minister must always be a member of the parliament, and is elected by parliament in a secret ballot. Because there are no political parties in Tuvalu, any member of parliament can be nominated for the role. Following the parliamentary vote the governor-general of Tuvalu (as head of state) is responsible for swearing in as the prime minister the person who commands the confidence of a majority of members of parliament.
The office of prime minister was established when Tuvalu gained independence in 1978, although the post is sometimes considered to be a continuation of the earlier office of chief minister, which was created in 1975. If the prime minister dies, as has happened on one occasion, the deputy prime minister becomes acting prime minister until a new one is elected by parliament. The prime minister can lose his office by resigning, being defeated in a motion of no confidence by parliament, or losing his seat in a parliamentary election.
Several former prime ministers have been appointed the governor-general of Tuvalu.
Kausea Natano is the incumbent prime minister, since 19 September 2019.