EU: World won't ignore drowning Pacific islands

  • 08/09/2015
European Union Commissioner for Climate Change Miguel Canete  (Reuters)
European Union Commissioner for Climate Change Miguel Canete (Reuters)

The European Union's climate change commissioner is confident the world won't ignore the plight of tiny Pacific island countries at risk of disappearing under rising seas.

Miguel Canete told reporters at the Pacific Islands Forum in Port Moresby on Tuesday (local time) that while countries such as Kiribati and the Marshall Islands were small, their voices were loud on the world stage.

"They are very active negotiators and they have a solid case... when you have commitment and passion your voice is heard," he said.

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