UN urges tasks world leaders to tackle climate change challenges




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ABUJA – As the community celebrated the World Day (WED) Thursday, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged world leaders make efforts address climate change challenges and work for a future.
Ban made the call in his message posted the UN website.
The theme the WED is: “Raise your voice, not the sea level”.
The WED is being celebrated against the backdrop the UN declaration 2014 as the International Year Small Island Developing .
Ban urged everyone think about the plight Small Island Developing and take inspiration from their efforts address climate change, strengthen resilience and work for a future.
“Small island share a common understanding that we need set our planet a path.
“This demands the engagement of all sectors of society in all countries.
“On World Day, millions of individuals, community groups and businesses from around the world, take part in local projects – from clean-up campaigns, to art exhibits, to tree-planting drives.
“Raise your voice, not the sea level.  Planet Earth is our shared island.  Let us join forces to protect it,’’ he said.
According to him, the world’s small island , which are collectively home to more than 63 million people, are renowned as prized destinations.
Ban said the destinations were outstanding for natural beauty, vibrant culture and appreciated around the globe.
“While small in total, the land size of small island does not reflect their importance as stewards of nature’s wealth on land and sea.
“They play an important role in protecting the oceans and many are biodiversity hotspots, containing some of the richest reservoirs of plants and animals on the planet.
“Despite these assets, Small Island Developing face numerous challenges.
“For a significant number, their remoteness affects their ability to be part of the supply chain, increases import costs – especially for energy – and limits their competitiveness in the tourism industry.
“ Many are increasingly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change – from devastating storms, to the threat of sea level rise, ’’he said.
The UN chief noted that small island developing states contribute in a little way to climate change.
Ban noted that their annual output of greenhouse gaseswas less than one per cent of total emissions.
“But, their position on the frontlines has projected many to the fore in negotiations for a universal new legal climate agreement in 2015.
“Others are leaders in preparedness and prevention or are working to achieve climate neutrality the use of renewable energy and other approaches,’’ he said.
 WED is celebrated globally on June 5, in accordance the UN Assembly declaration, to raise global awareness and take positive action on contemporary environmental .  (NAN)