But today, as Anote
's Ark starkly depicts, the low-lying island nation is at the frontlines in an arguably deadlier war: sea level rise caused by climate change.
Other attendees at the event included Egyptian actor Hussein Fahmim, Special Olympics ambassador for Mena region; Samir Anote
, regional advisor for Mena, United Nations Children's Fund; and a number of senior government officials.
"Our experiences together with events elsewhere clearly indicate that climate change is not an event in the future, but an event that is already taking place," Anote
Tong, the president of Kiribati, said.
Keynote speakers are expected to include, Anote
Tong, President of Kiribati, Mogens Lykketoft, Speaker of the Parliament of Denmark and President- elect of the 70th session of the General Assembly, Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, Minister of the Environment of Peru, President of COP20, and Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs of France, President of COP21.
13/8/2015, South Tarawa, Kiribati -- Kiribati President Anote
Tong today called for an immediate global moratorium on all new coal mines and their expansion.
The President of Kiribati, Anote
Tong, announced at the conference that the Pacific Island state would close an area roughly the size of California to commercial fishing by the end of this year, to allow fish stocks to recover.
Le president de la Republique, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, a adresse un message de felicitations a son homologue de la Republique des Kiribati, Anote
Tong, a l'occasion de la fete nationale de son pays.
A furious Venizelos issued anote
verbale, a diplomatic tool of protest, to the Cyprus government asking Kasoulides to stand behind his handling of the matter.
Speaking at a joint press conference with President of Kiribati, Anote
Tong, on Saturday, Ahmet Davutoglu said Turkey's application for membership came during an era of critical and rapid change in international affairs, Anadolu news agency reported.