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IHDP: No time for pessimism, says small islands leader

A group of ambassadors from the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) stopped by the IHDP conference yesterday and held a panel discussion on dealing with the leading edge of dangerous climate change. For AOSIS countries that stand to be swallowed by rising seas or devastated by droughts and storms, their continued existence is on the line in this year’s climate negotiations. At the UN meeting here in Bonn in March, the group issued a statement saying, “The survival of the small island states should be the benchmark for the success of the Copenhagen agreement.” I nabbed AOSIS chair Dessima Williams of Grenada for a quick interview on the island states’ agenda. 


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