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    On 9th October 2019, government officials from the Department of Climate Change presented on “climate change,” as requested by the Tonga Youth Leaders (TYL), for the Girls Takeover Parliament participants.

    Principal National Communication Officer, Ms. Lilu Moala, led the presentation with the presentation contents covering the following topics:


    26th August, 2019 More than 30 participants from Government, Non-government organizations and private sector are participating in a week-long Project Preparation Training for Climate Change Adaptation at Free Wesleyan Church Hall, Fanga-‘o-Pilolevu.


    24th September 2019 The Government of Tonga will continue to work on commitments to the Paris Agreement as the Pacific island countries push for more action on climate change.

    The Chief Executive Officer for Climate Change and Environment (MEIDECC), Mr Paula Ma’u made the comments in New York today as the United Nations Secretary-General’s Climate Action Summit got underway.

    “We will recommit ourselves to what we have already committed to in the Paris Agreement,” Mr Ma’u said.


    16th August 2019 The National Climate Change Awareness Week celebrated from August 11 – 16 under the theme ‘Increase Climate Change Action to Save Tonga’, wrapped up today with an exhibition program at Queen Salote Memorial Hall.

    Minister for MEIDECC, Hon. Poasi Mataele Tei said, climate change is recognised as the single greatest threat to the environment and people’s livelihood as well as the sustainable development of the country.


    August 14th, 2019 – The Department of Climate Change in cooperation with United States Agency for International Development (USAID) called into session its third installment of the National Climate Change Donor Roundtable, discussing Climate Change Initiatives in Tonga and its linkages to national, regional and international policy instruments as well as highlighting the first year of implementation of JNAP 2018-2028 (JNAP 2).


    On the eve of the 50th Pacific Islands Forum Meeting taking place in Tuvalu this week, the Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland recognises the existential threat which climate change poses to Pacific Islanders. She calls on governments across the globe to urgently meet the terms of the Paris climate change agreement, if we are to save our Pacific Islands, as the rising sea levels could literally engulf thousands of islands in the region by 2100.


    The National Climate Change Awareness Week 2019 commenced on Sunday 11 August 2019 with a Church service at Siaátoutai Theological College.

    Mr. Paula Ma’u CEO for MEIDECC, Director of Climate Change Ms. Luísa Tuíáfitu Malolo, including Mr. Sione Moala CEO for Tourism and his wife Mrs. Lucy Moala Acting CEO for Education, MEIDECC staff, representatives from TNYC, non-government groups, the private sector and District officers were present to mark this important occasion.  


    The Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus visited the coastal barrier in ‘Ahau to learn and experience how the community deals with health threats posed by climate change this afternoon.

    He said that climate change is a global challenge.

    “People think it is not their problem. No! It’s the problem of the whole world, and that’s how others should realize it, it’s not a problem of others but a problem of us all.


    The Tonga Meteorological Department recognizes the need for more specialized and quality meteorological information at a time where weather and climate related hazards are at a record high.

    And to this end the department has proposed a structural reform to help them meet the service demands.


    The Morrison government’s Pacific “Step Up” will stumble
    before it starts unless global warming is taken seriously.

    If only a minister of the Morrison government would be as forthright in identifying climate change as a massive destabilising force in Australia’s region as the Chief of the Defence Force Angus Campbell has been.