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Unique needs of island nations to be the focus of the 2014 International Year of Small Island Developing States

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon plants mangrove shoots on Tarawa, the main atoll in the Pacific island nation of Kiribati. Mangroves help to protect against the rising sea levels caused by climate change. 05 September 2011 Tarawa, KiribatiFor small island developing States, the devastating impacts of climate change struck at the very heart of their survival, and without renewed political efforts to mitigate their reach, those nations would continue to suffer dramatic setbacks in their economic and social well-being, several world leaders warned today, as the General Assembly moved into the fifth day of its annual debate. Continue reading

Asia-Pacific nations at UN call for urgent global approach to mitigate climate change

Vete Sakaio, Deputy Prime Minister of Tuvalu. UN Photo/Devra BerkowitzAsia-Pacific countries, some of them threatened with extinction from rising sea levels, took to the podium of the United Nations General Assembly today to call for an urgent global approach to mitigate climate change, voicing concern at the lack of progress so far. “Climate change is no longer an environmental or political issue,” Continue reading