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The message on the need to combat climate change is reaching world governments, the President of the UN General Assembly has said at an international conference in Samoa.
Over 100 countries are currently attending the small islands developing states or SIDS conference in the Pacific Ocean nation.
The issue of climate change is top of the agenda as the international community looks for ways to reduce harmful greenhouse gases across the world and plot a path towards sustainable development.
John Ashe is the General Assembly President.
"Clearly in the area of climate change which is perhaps the top priority for SIDS, voices are being heard and SIDS are extremely effective at making the case."
The views of small island states are expected to figure prominently at a Climate Summit being convened by the UN Secretary-General in New York at the end of the month.
It's hoped the summit will ultimately lead to a worldwide climate agreement.
Daniel Dickinson at the United Nations SIDS Conference in Apia, Samoa