Kiribati 1999

Yearbook 1999

Kiribati. Visit Countryaah official website to get information about the capital city of Kiribati. 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.

Map of Kiribati Tarawa Atoll in English

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 preceding hours.

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 states.

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 country.

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.

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