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Director General  José Graziano da Silva

Protecting small island developing states from special vulnerability to climate change

Talks with SIDS representatives at FAO African regional conference

6 April 2016, Abidjan,Côte d’Ivoire – What is happening to Small Island Developing States (SIDS) can affect the rest of the globe if we don’t act quickly to mitigate and adapt to climate change, FAO Director-General warned today.

“We need to protect SIDS from their special vulnerability”, he stressed at a meeting with ministers of Cabo Verde, Comoros, Guinea-Bissau, São Tomé and Príncipe, Mauritius, Madagascar and the Seychelles attending FAO Regional Conference in Abidjan.

He also highlighted the importance of the SAMOA Pathway, an action plan adopted by governments last year in support of small island states on issues such as equitable economic growth, climate change, sustainable energy, disaster risk reduction, and the sustainable use of marine resources.