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Climate focus at UN small islands summit in Samoa

Huts on a beach are seen in Samoa, in February 2014A major United Nations conference on small island nations began in Samoa on Monday, with the emphasis on helping them survive the pressing challenge posed by climate change. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said the conference, which ends Thursday, was a once-in-a-decade opportunity to promote sustainable development in countries such as Samoa, which are often described as on the front line of climate change. First of all by climate change, rising sea tides,” Ban said ahead of a welcoming ceremony on Sunday night. “That’s why I am here, to show my strong solidarity and unity with the people of Samoa and many other small island states.”

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