Summoned by Ukraine, the participants in the session analyzed the situation of developing small island States, the most vulnerable to sea-level increase, a phenomenon that experts warned to be already in progress.
Ukrainian Ambassador Volodymyr Yelchenko recalled that the climate change was affecting the whole planet, but its consequences especially put islands at stake, because many of them are in danger of being submerged and disappear.
To more than 40 small islands, most of them located in the Caribbean and the Pacific, the threat of sea-level increase is real,representing more a survival issue, hence a security one, rather than climatic topic, he said.
Yelchenko urged the international community to find answers that help deal with this challenge. (PL)