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Why the next climate treaty is vital for my country to survive

The Marshall Islands minister stresses the importance of forthcoming emissions targets, especially for countries less than two metres above the rising oceans


Ministers and diplomats from countries responsible for 80% of the worlds Co2 pollution were gathered around a table in Paris on Friday and Saturday to discuss the contours of a new global climate treaty, due to be signed here in less than 18 months time. A handful of other countries, including the Marshall Islands, will join them. We are here not because of the volume of our emissions, but because of the vulnerability of our existence.


For atoll island countries like mine lying less than two metres above the rising oceans, the ambition and architecture of the new agreement will play a big part in determining whether our countries survive into the second half of the century. It is quite simply a matter of life or death.

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