On the 75th anniversary of the United Nations, Marshall Islands David Kabua asks UN member nations to ensure his country "will be here to celebrate the UN's 100th anniversary." (Sep. 21)
DAVID KABUA: Today's meeting is not about isolated policy solution, but about the need for new meaningful commitment to work closely to reach beyond political divides. As a low-lying atoll nation with no higher ground for retreat, climate change possesses severe threats, not just to our future development, but towards our core security, human rights, and our way of life.
Climate change is a global issue that requires a global solution. Despite my country's best efforts to demonstrate leadership on our climate action, we cannot do it alone. All countries, in particular large emitters, must come forward to keep their promises made in the Paris Agreement. We have seen our own legacy of nuclear testing where the most vulnerable are failed when the becomes clouded by politics.
Today it's perhaps not so much a celebration, but a vital reminder that we will fail the future if we cannot remember the lessons of the past. This anniversary forces us to ask the question, will we be here to celebrate the UN's 100th anniversary? We look to our fellow members to help us save our place in this world.