Enele Sopoaga

Enele Sopoaga

Tuvaluan Politician and Diplomat
Born Feb 10, 1956

Enele Sosene Sopoaga is a Tuvaluan diplomat and politician. His served as deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Environment and Labour in Prime Minister Maatia Toafa's short-lived government from September to December 2010. Following an unsuccessful bid for the premiership in December 2010 (with Toafa's support), he became leader of the Opposition to Prime Minister Willy Telavi's government.… Read More

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1956 Birth Born on February 10, 1956.


1980 24 Years Old From 1980 until 1986, Sopoaga served as an Education Administrator within the Ministry of Social Services.


1986 30 Years Old 1 More Event
He became the Assistant Secretary of the Ministry of Social Services in 1986.
1991 35 Years Old Sopoaga was the acting officer within the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Economic Planning from 1991 until 1992.
1992 36 Years Old He then served as the Permanent Secretary (the highest civil service position) and European Union National Authorizing Officer within the Tuvaluan Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Economic Planning from 1992 to 1995. … Read More
1995 39 Years Old From 1995 to 1996, he was the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Sports and Human Resource Development.


2001 45 Years Old He subsequently served as his country's Permanent Representative to the United Nations from 2001 (when the Permanent Mission of Tuvalu was established) to 2010.
2002 46 Years Old He also served as the Vice-Chairman of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) from January 2002. … Read More
2004 48 Years Old …  He promoted a number of high-profile Tuvaluan politicians back to cabinet, including Vete Sakaio who was appointed the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Public Utilities; and Maatia Toafa, who was appointed Finance and Economic Development' Maatia Toafa was previously the prime minister of Tuvalu from 2004 to 2006 and again in 2010.


Sopoaga was elected to Parliament in the 2010 general election.
2012 56 Years Old In early 2012, he criticised the Telavi government's decision to establish formal diplomatic relations with "countries that have unsettled political issues of concern to the international community" – namely, namely, Abkhasia, South Ossetia, and Armenia (the latter in the context of its territorial dispute with Azerbaijan). … Read More
He became caretaker prime minister on 1 August 2013 following Telavi's removal by the Governor General, in the context of a political crisis. … Read More
2014 58 Years Old 1 More Event
On 16 January 2014 prime minister Enele Sopoaga established the National Advisory Council on Climate Change, which functions are “to identify actions or strategies: to achieve energy efficiencies; to increase the use of renewable energy; to encourage the private sector and NGOs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions; to ensure a whole of government response to adaptation and climate change related disaster risk reduction; and to encourage the private sector and NGOs to develop locally appropriate technologies for adaptation and climate change mitigation (reductions in gas).”
2015 59 Years Old 1 More Event
Following the 2015 general election, Enele Sopoaga was sworn in as prime minister on 10 April. … Read More
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