Kiribati National Day message from France’s President Mr François Hollande.

Mr. President,

On the occasion of the Kiribati National Day, I have the pleasure of sending you, on behalf of myself and the people of France, our warmest congratulations.

A Pacific island country through her three territories: New Caledonia, French Polynesia and Wallis and Futuna; France faces the same challenges as her island neighbours; that is climate change, the rising sea level and coral bleaching. To contribute to the development of adaptation strategies, France will host the 3rd World Congress of Marine Protected Areas (IMPAC3) in Marseille from 21 to 26 October 2013. She is also a candidate to host the next UN Conference on Climate Change in 2015. France hopes to work with Kiribati in this area.

Wishing you and the people of Kiribati happiness and prosperity, please accept, Mr. President, the expression of my highest consideration.

Signed: François HOLLANDE.

Published on 12/07/2013

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