Tavau Teii

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The Right Honourable
Tavau Teii
Tavau Teii at MEDEF.jpg
Deputy Prime Minister of Tuvalu
In office
14 August 2006 – 16 September 2010
Monarch Elizabeth II
Governor General Filoimea Telito
Sir Kamuta Latasi
Sir Iakoba Italeli
Preceded by Kokeiya Malua
Succeeded by Enele Sopoaga
Personal details
Born Tuvalu
Occupation Politician

Tavau Teii is a political figure from the Pacific nation of Tuvalu.


After standing unsuccessfully for Parliament in the 2002 general election in the constituency of Niutao, Teii won a by-election on 5 May 2003 triggered by the death of the incumbent.[1]

Deputy Prime Minister of Tuvalu[edit]

He was Deputy Prime Minister of Tuvalu in the Government of Apisai Ielemia.[2] His ministerial portfolio included that of Minister of Natural Resources.

Teii lost his bid for re-election in the 2010 Tuvaluan general election.[3][4] He was a candidate in the Tuvaluan general election, 2015 and received 90 votes, but was not elected to parliament.[5]

United Nations appearances[edit]

Teii during his tenure as Minister of Natural Resources and Environment attended the The Nairobi Climate Change Summit held in November 2006.[6][7] As Deputy Prime Minister Teii represented Tuvalu to discuss the implications of Climate Change at the United Nations High-Level Event on Climate Change at the United Nations General Assembly, between the 29th of September 2007 and 1 October 2007.[7] Teii proposed possible changes to the Kyoto Protocol to be discussed at the Bali Climate Change Conference held between the 3rd and 15 December 2007.[6][8]

In his Speech on 29 September 2007 at the High-Level Meeting, Teii declared that “Tuvalu is highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change so we are seeking new funding arrangements to protect us from the impacts of climate change,” and “Rather than relying on aid money we believe that the major greenhouse polluters should pay for the impacts they are causing."[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Government Fate Hangs on by-election", Radio Australia, 6 May 2003
  2. ^ "Government of Tuvalu Members of Parliament". November 2007. Retrieved 2008-05-02. 
  3. ^ "Tuvalu PM, speaker retain seats as deputy PM crashes out". Radio Australia. 2010-09-17. Retrieved 2010-09-17. 
  4. ^ Cannon, Brian (2010-09-16). "Tuvalu Election Results". Tuvalu News. Tuvaluislands.com. Retrieved 2010-09-17. 
  5. ^ "Tuvalu National Election 2015 Results (Niutao)". Fenui News. 1 April 2015. Retrieved 1 April 2015. 
  6. ^ a b "United Nations" (PDF). United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Retrieved 5 December 2011. 
  7. ^ a b "Tuvalu At the United Nations". Tuvalu Islands.com. Retrieved 30 November 2011. 
  8. ^ "Statement at 62nd Session of the United Nations" (PDF). United Nations. Retrieved 31 May 2015. 
  9. ^ "Tuvalu calls for Climate Change Polluters to Pay". tuvaluislands.com. Retrieved 31 May 2015. 

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