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Leaders of Small Island States meet in Palau

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Leaders of Small Island States meet in Palau

Leaders of Small Island States (SIS) are meeting in Palau and are expected to come up with strategic plan on important issues besetting the region.

One of those is the effects of climate change on Pacific island nations. Pacific islands are being greatly harmed by climate change – through erosion by sea-level rise, ocean acidification and warming that kills reefs and stresses other sea creatures, and more powerful  typhoons and enduring droughts, which destroy homes, schools and villages, and kill crops and livestock. Islanders themselves hardly contribute to the greenhouse-gas emissions fueling global warming.

In the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) meeting last year, the bloc said that a strong climate deal will ensure the survival of their countries’ future.

In the two-day SIS meeting taking place yesterday and today, island leaders aim to refine plans to deal with the ramifications of global warming.

Tuvalu, specifically, wants a United Nations resolution to create legal protection for people displaced by climate change, saying there was currently no international framework to protect their rights.

Tuvalu Prime Minister Enele Sopoaga, who spoke at the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul last month, said there is a need to deal with communities that might have to be moved due to rising seas, water shortages and other threats to their homes.

Donor partners, such as representative from the Republic of China (Taiwan), the United Nations and the Asian development Bank (ADB), are also expected to take part in the meeting.

Source: Leaders of Small Island States meet in Palau | Pacific | postguam.com

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