President Anote Tong is in New York. In a Q and A with Fortune’s Mehboob Jeelani, Tong talks about Kiribati – the first country expected to lose all its land territory to climate change.
On the evening of June 5, two U.S. secret service agents patrolled the main lobby of American Museum of Natural History in New York. They were guarding Anote Tong, the president of Kiribati, a nation of 32 atolls that stands in the middle of the Pacific some 3,000 miles from New Zealand. A short man with a salt and pepper hair and gray mustache, President Tong was busy exchanging handshakes with the guests—