2 Jun 2017

Tuvalu distressed by US withdrawal from Paris Agreement

From , 3:05 pm on 2 June 2017

The Prime Minister of Tuvalu Enele Sopoaga says the US withdrawal from the Paris Agreement is distressing and destructive and will affect relations between the two countries.

The US president Donald Trump announced the withdrawal today from the climate change deal forged in 2015 aimed at reducing emissions and agreed to by 195 countries.

The leader of the low-lying group of islands is suffering changing weather patterns, coastal erosion and salt water inundation as a result of climate change.

Mr Sopoaga told Sally Round it could be a galvanising moment in the climate change battle.

Funafuti's oceanside shoreline, Tuvalu

Funafuti's oceanside shoreline, Tuvalu Photo: RNZI / Johnny Blades