The Ambassador of Kiribati, Amb.Teekoa Iuta said apart from climate change, Kiribati faces population growth and diseases. Overpopulation is due to the uneven distribution of the population in urban areas such as South Tarawa, the capital city, with a population density of over 3,000 per square km.
The government has been thinking about the redistribution of the population but it has to do with the economic situation in the rural areas. According to Amb.Teekoa Iuta, Taiwan’s technical mission has been assisting with the agricultural and technical support to encourage more young people to move to the rural areas. The government has also been working with churches in the field of birth control as Kiribati is predominantly Roman Catholic which is opposed to artificial contraception.