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UN, EU leaders to hear Pacific climate concerns

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Tuesday, 06 September 2011

UN, EU leaders to hear Pacific climate concerns

Pacific leaders will highlight the threat that rising seas pose to low-lying nations at a regional forum in Auckland this week attended by the heads of the United Nations and the European Commission.

The annual Pacific Islands Forum, a 15-nation grouping usually dominated by Australia and New Zealand, has attracted a heavyweight guest list this year, partly because it occurs on the eve of the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.

In addition to United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe, and US Deputy Secretary of State Thomas Nides will make the trip to Auckland.

Ban, the first UN leader to attend the summit, said that his presence was intended to "continue sounding the alarm about climate change", while Barroso is travelling with Europe's climate action chief Connie Hedegaard.

Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi said he expected global warming to dominate talks at the September 5-9 summit in New Zealand's largest city.

Source: My Sinchew