Thursday, November 15, 2007

Climate change conference closes in Maldives

The island states conference on climate change closed late Wednesday in the Maldivian island of Kurumba after adopting a declaration calling for immediate and affective action to protect them from the increasing threats of climate change, according to local media Thursday.

The declaration noted these countries' extreme vulnerability to climate change and expressed their commitment to an inclusive process that puts people, their property, homes, survival and rights at the center of the climate change debate, the Foreign Ministry of the Maldives said Thursday in its official website.

The 23 participating island states requested the human dimension of global climate change to be included in the agenda of the 13th United Nations Climate Change Conference scheduled to be held in Bali, Indonesia from Dec. 3 to 14.

The meeting, with the theme of "Human Dimension of Global Climate Change", was opened Tuesday in the Maldivian capital of Male by Maldivian President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom.

Source: Xinhua News

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