Kiribati is an island country in the central Pacific Ocean, made up of 33 islands. Only 20 of these are inhabited. Although the land area is small, the islands are scattered widely. Most of the islands are very low-lying atolls (ring-shaped coral reefs). Kiribati is home to the South Pacific’s largest marine reserve.
- Region: Pacific
- Population: 115,850 (2018)
- Area: 811 square kilometres
- Capital: Tarawa
- Joined Commonwealth: 1979, following independence from Britain
- Commonwealth Youth Index: 24 out of 49 countries
Secretariat support for Kiribati
In October 2017, Kiribati took part in a Commonwealth Election Professionals (CEP) Initiative training in Apia, Samoa. Participants continue to benefit from the regional network it established, sharing good practice and solutions to challenges.
During a working session in July 2019, the Secretariat helped Kiribati find out about reporting on human rights in the country under the United Nations’ Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process.
The Secretariat set up a mentoring and exchange programme for justice officials in Kiribati. It also sent a prosecutor from Australia to provide support in Kiribati’s Attorney General’s office.
The Secretariat is helping Kiribati improve young people’s participation in national and local government. It has also helped Kiribati involve young people in tackling unemployment and inequality.
The Secretariat helped Kiribati manage its natural resources sustainably. Kiribati has made good progress on developing policy and laws on its ocean resources.
The Secretariat sent an adviser to Kiribati’s Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Cooperatives from 2014 to 2019. The adviser supported Kiribati’s participation in international trade.
Kiribati was announced as champion of a new Blue Charter action group on sustainable coastal fisheries at the UN Climate Change Conference COP25.
Kiribati was the 13th champion country that stepped forward to lead the 10th Blue Charter action group.
Kiribati is also a member of the Marine Protected Areas and Coral Reef Protection and Restoration Action Groups.
Kiribati is a member of the Physical, Digital and Supply Side Connectivity clusters of the Commonwealth Connectivity Agenda. The Connectivity Agenda is a platform for countries to exchange best practices and experiences to trade and investment and undertake domestic reform.
Kiribati in the Commonwealth
In 2010, former President Sir Ieremia Tabai was appointed to the Commonwealth Eminent Persons Group.