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Climate Change Hinders Fight Against Poverty: UN Deputy Secretary-General Calls for New and Urgent Responses

Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro 29 September 2008: Speaking at a Ministerial Meeting of

Least Developing Countries (LDCs), taking place in New York, US, UN Deputy

Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro underlined that climate change and the food

and oil crises add new pitfalls to achieving the 10-year Brussels Programme of

Action.

The Programme outlines steps to be taken by both industrialized nations

and LDCs to fight poverty, including commitments by the LDCs on good governance

and by the world's wealthiest countries to spend 0.15-0.2% of gross national

income on aid. She stressed that “these new challenges demand new and urgent

responses” and noted the special vulnerability to climate change of small

island and low-lying coastal States. [UN

press release, 29 September 2008]