The photos of the minister in a suit and tie in the sea that make the rounds of social media

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The Tuvalu Foreign Minister chose an unusual way to send a message at the UN Summit in Glasgow COP26. He put on a suit and tie and spoke about the dangers of rising sea levels while in the water up to his knees.

Simon Coffey wanted to show that this island nation in the Pacific is at the forefront of climate change.

His images are making the rounds on social media

Photos showing the minister with the legs of his pants up standing behind the podium and delivering his speech were widely circulated on social media., as broadcast by Reuters and rebroadcast by the Athenian News Agency.

His videotaped message was broadcast on public television and, the minister explained, was used to compare the scene of Scotland’s summit with “the real situations in which Tuvalu citizens have to deal with the effects of climate change and rising every day and underlines the bold actions taken by Tuvalu to address the urgent issues of human mobility in the face of climate change. “

The Tuvalu archipelago is located in the central Pacific, 1,050 km north of the Fiji Islands.

It is one of the smallest and most isolated states in the world and consists of nine coral islets with a length of 579 km and a total area of ​​just over 26 square kilometers. It was a British colony until 1978 when it became independent. In 2000 he became a member of the UN.

The Tuvalu Islands, along with Fiji, are part of the Pacific Climate Change, Migration and Human Security Program, which addresses the problem of refugees and migrants fleeing lands most affected by climate change.

The video will be shown tomorrow at the session.

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