International community must support small islands in the forefront of changeListen /
The international community has an important role to play in ensuring that small island developing states or SIDS are supported in their efforts to promote action against climate change and sustainable development. That's according to the UN Secretary-General,
The more than fifty nations and territories which are classified as SIDS are characterised by their small size, remoteness, lack of resources and susceptibility to climate change and natural disasters.
Speaking at the opening of the 3rd SIDS conference in Apia, Samoa, Ban Ki-moon said by addressing the issues facing island nations, sustainable development could be promoted across the entire world.
"The diverse coalition of small island nations we call SIDS lives on the front lines of climate change and sustainable development. Our job is to ensure SIDS are in the vanguard in pioneering the solutions that the entire world needs."
The conference in Apia comes ahead of a Climate Summit in September at UN Headquarters in New York, which is expected to build momentum for a worldwide climate agreement.
Low-lying island nations are particularly susceptible to rises in sea level caused by global warming.
The Secretary-General said that SIDS must tell the largest emitters of global warming causing greenhouse gases what action is expect of them.
Daniel Dickinson at the United Nations SIDS Conference in Apia, Samoa