The President of Kiribati has made a strong call for the completion of the Paris Agreement work programme at the COP24 climate meeting in Poland.
President Taneti Maamau said countries must not back down from earlier national targets but raise these even higher by changing mindsets and behaviours to evoke strong political will by leaders.
President Maamau said industrialised nations have enjoyed prosperity and economic gains at the sad expense of most developing countries who have borne the brunt of adverse climate change impacts.
He said Kiribati is severely impacted by the disastrous effects of climate change affecting coastlines, root crops, underground fresh water supplies and its physical infrastructures such as roads, causeways, seawalls.
Taneti Maamau said Kiribati will strengthen its people's resolve and resilence to climate change and do whatever is necessary to continue their island ways of life.
He reminded the conference climate change is everyone's business and called for Taiwan's inclusion in the process in the spirit of the theme of 'Changing Together'.