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Leaders of Suriname and Nauru Call for Help with Adaptation

Leaders of Surname and Nauru Call for Help with Adaptation

24 September 2008: Marcus Stephen, President of Nauru, and

Runaldo Ronald Venetiaan, President of Suriname, used their opening statements

at the sixty-third session of the UN

General Assembly (UNGA) to call for assistance in, respectively, adapting to

and mitigating climate change.

Nauru, a Pacific small-island developing State,

faces dramatic pressure from the forecasted sea-level rise. Stephen called for

UNGA assistance in rehabilitating land denigrated by phosphate mining to enable

residents of Nauru to continue living on the island once sea levels rise. In

contrast, Venetiaan called for new financing mechanisms to ensure deforestation

in Suriname remains low and that low deforestation does not come at the expense

of Suriname, saying that “forested countries like Suriname, with very low

deforestation rates, are forgotten in mechanisms devised to compensate for

deforestation.” [Suriname

statement] [Nauru

statement]