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Yearbook 1997

Tuvalu. According to Countryaah, the new Prime Minister, Bikenibeu Paeniu, announced in early February that the island nation will reintroduce the British flag Union Jack into its own national flag.

1997 Tuvalu

Tuvalu's delegate at the UN Climate Conference in Japanese Kyoto in early December urged industrialized countries to take the greenhouse effect more seriously. He argued that the entire existence of Tuvalu was at stake because large parts of the kingdom could be flooded if global warming began to melt the ice at the poles.

Tuvalu is a member of AOSIS, an association for smaller island nations, which in Kyoto acted to sharply reduce greenhouse gas emissions than the industrial world thought it could accept.

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