Kiribati. The tropical cyclone Pam, which in March caused
great devastation, especially in Vanuatu, also hit Kiribati.
In the islands of Arorae and Tamana, about half the
population had their homes destroyed.
In July, the Kiribati man who sought asylum in New
Zealand with reference to the impact of climate change on
his home country was rejected by the New Zealand Supreme
Court. Ioane Teitiota, as the man is named, refused to
return to Kiribati when his visa expired in 2011 and has
struggled to obtain asylum ever since. In its opinion, the
Supreme Court ruled that even if Kiribati undoubtedly faces
challenges, Teitiota would not be in serious danger if he
returned there. The Court also pointed out that there was no
evidence that the Government of Kiribati failed to take
measures to protect its citizens from the harmful effects of
environmental degradation. Earlier in the month, the
country's president Anote Tong again called on the outside
world to start taking action to help countries already
affected by climate change.
On December 30, the first round of the parliamentary
elections was held. According to
COUNTRYAAH, a second round was announced the
following week in constituencies where none of the
candidates succeeded in getting a sufficiently large share