On the day of the first-ever launch of the International Year of Small Islands Developing States, UN Environment Programme Executive Director Achim Steiner said that climate "vulnerabilities are growing exponentially" over which small islands have no influence, "an extraordinary prospect for a nation, for a culture, for a people to be confronted by this prospect, when really they have had no contribution to the problem in the first place." UNEP/UNTV/FILE
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