Mauritius calls for a climate change agreement by 2015

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Navinchandra Ramgoolam, Prime Minister, Minister of Defence, Home Affairs and External Communications, Minister of Civil Service and Administrative Reforms of the Republic of Mauritius

Prime Minister Navinchandra Ramgoolam of Mauritius has called on the international community to have a legally binding agreement on climate change by 2015.

Speaking in the General Assembly as it continued its general debate on Saturday, he said climate change should be one of the top priorities on the global agenda.

Dr. Ramgoolam, warned that for many Small Island Developing States, the foreseeable consequences of climate change are a threat "even more dramatically in terms of human and economic development."

"We fully support the Secretary-General’s proposal to convene world leaders to a Climate Summit in 2014 in New York. We hope that this meeting will provide an opportunity for world leaders to focus our political attention on climate change and take meaningful action to mitigate its effects. We must start putting the interests of our home planet above everything else. The world needs a global, legally binding agreement on climate change by 2015."

Duration:  34″

The Prime Minister of Mauritius reminded the General Assembly of the report released by experts on Friday with clear scientific confirmation that humans are responsible for global warming.

He said humans should no longer ignore the evidence that they are putting life on earth in jeopardy.

Donn Bobb, United Nations

Duration:  1’17″

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