Kiribati. According to
Countryaah official website, severe drought caused the state of emergency to
be announced in early March. President Teburoro Tito
appealed to the outside world for support to build new
desalination plants. Two of the country's islands, Tebua
Tarawa and Abanuea, were completely submerged in June. The
reason was rising seawater levels as a result of the
greenhouse effect. In September, Kiribati joined the UN.
Kiribati was the first country to enter in the year 2000.
The island of Milenio - named in 1999 for the purpose of
boosting tourism - was the center of festivities in the
Together with Tuvalu and the Maldives, in March 2002,
Kiribati declared that it would take steps against the
United States refusing to ratify the Kyoto Protocol. Global
warming threatens to flood, thus eradicating small island
In July 2003, Anote Tong was elected President. He beat
his brother Harry in the election.
China severed diplomatic relations with Kiribati after it
entered diplomatic relations with Taiwan in November 2003.
When Kiribati entered diplomatic relations with Taiwan in
November 2003, China severed diplomatic relations with the
A 2006 UNICEF report showed that many countries in the
region are showing high levels of development. However,
Kiribati is at its worst end in terms of childhood mortality
and curable childhood illnesses, such as respiratory
illnesses and diarrhea.
That same year, Kiribati created the world's third
largest marine reserve. Fishing is prohibited in the vast
ocean area, which houses several hundred different species
of fish and coral.