Tuvalu–United States relations
Relations between the two countries are generally very good, but there have been notable disagreements regarding the issues of climate change and the Kyoto Protocol. Tuvalu and the United States maintain official diplomatic relations, although there is no US embassy in Funafuti, and no Tuvaluan embassy in Washington. The United States ambassador to Fiji is accredited to Tuvalu. Tuvalu maintains a diplomatic presence in the United States through its Permanent Mission to the United Nations, in New York.
The main point of friction between Tuvalu and the United States has been the latter's non-ratification of the Kyoto Protocol. Tuvalu is suffering severe environmental damage due to climate change, and has repeatedly urged the United States to do more to reduce its pollution levels. In 2002, Tuvaluan Prime Minister Koloa Talake threatened to take the United States to the International Court of Justice for its refusal to ratify the Kyoto Protocol. He was prevented from doing so by his subsequent defeat in that year's general election. More recently, in 2007, Tuvalu's Deputy Prime Minister Tavau Teli called upon all countries to "make an effort to reduce their emissions before it is too late for countries like Tuvalu".
On other matters, Tuvalu supports American positions very often, such as human rights and security measures and development.
- US Department of State
- "Talake, Luka Tussle For PM In Island Nation Polls", Samisoni Pareti, Pacific Magazine, August 1, 2002
- "Tuvalu sinking, cries for help", Fiji Times, September 14, 2007
- History of Tuvalu - U.S. relations
- Official website of the United States embassy in Fiji. The US ambassador to Fiji is accredited to Tuvalu.
- Address of the Permanent Mission of Tuvalu to the United Nations, Tuvalu's only diplomatic presence in the United States.