Tuvalu minister to address Cop26 knee deep in seawater to highlight climate crisis

Foreign minister Simon Kofe hopes the speech will demonstrate the reality for countries on the frontline

Tuvalu’s foreign minister has recorded a speech for the United Nations climate conference in Glasgow standing knee-deep in seawater to highlight how his low-lying Pacific Island nation is on the frontline of climate change.

Images of Simon Kofe standing in a suit and tie at a lectern set up in the sea, with his trouser legs rolled up, have been shared widely on social media, drawing attention to Tuvalu’s struggle against rising sea levels.

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