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AOSIS Summit Reviews Negotiations, Adopts Declaration

© SIDSNet22 September 2009: The AOSIS Climate Change Summit was held in New York, on 21 September 2009, to set a course for AOSIS negotiators in the final months of talks on a post-2012 agreement.

The Climate Change Summit of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) represented an opportunity to review the current status of negotiations on climate change. The meeting adopted the AOSIS Climate Change Declaration, which concludes by strongly emphasizing “the importance of urgent progress towards a fair and meaningful Copenhagen outcome which, through safeguarding the most vulnerable countries, ensures a truly shared and sustainable global vision for our present and future generations.”

Addressing the Summit, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon praised the work of small island developing states, for the forcefulness expressed at the way in which climate change is “rewriting” the future. [AOSIS Climate Change Summit website] [UN Secretary-General's speech] [Climate change declaration]