His Excellency Anote Tong is the former three-term president of the Republic of Kiribati. He left public office after a 13-year presidency in 2016 and retired from politics.
During his period as head of state, President Anote Tong became a strong climate change advocate and has continued his work to build worldwide awareness of its potentially devastating impact.
Mr. Tong has a distinguished record of service in Kiribati’s public administration, including positions as senior assistant secretary in the Ministry of Education from 1976 to 1977, and secretary for the Ministry of Communication and Works from 1980 to 1982. Entering politics in 1994, he became a prominent member of the Pillars of Truth Party, and served as minister for Natural Resources Development from 1994 to 1996, after which he was elected to Kiribati’s House of Assembly between 1996 to 2003.
Mr. Tong created the Phoenix Islands Protected Area, one of the largest marine protected areas in the world with a size of 408,250 square kilometers which was inscribed as a United Nations World Heritage site in 2008.
He has won a number of awards and recognition that acknowledges his contribution and leadership on climate change and ocean conservation.
Mr. Tong was recently appointed the chair of the High-Level Group established to review the Commonwealth Secretariat’s governance arrangements.