Tuvalu. In August, Parliament elected former finance
minister Saufatu Sopoanga as new prime minister. The
nomination was preceded by parliamentary elections where 9
of the 15 members were re-elected.
Countryaah website, the government is considering suing the United States and
Australia before the International Court of Justice in The
Hague for failing to sign the Kyoto Protocol to reduce
emissions that cause global warming. Tuvalu claims that
climate change threatens to submerge the country within 50
years. Several small islands have already disappeared due to
rising sea levels. New Zealand has agreed to adopt a 30-year
plan to receive Tuvaluans who become homeless as their
In December, the EU decided to grant Tuvalu € 3.3 million
in aid by 2007. The money will go to education and
environmental projects in the outer islands.