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Asia / UN Chief Urges Asean To Confront Climate Change Emergency

By David Dalton
4 November 2019

UN Chief Urges Asean To Confront Climate Change Emergency
United Nations secretary-general António Guterres speaking at the Asean Summit in Bangkok. Photo courtesy United Nations.
Four of the 10 countries most affected by climate change are members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), United Nations secretary-general António Guterres said on Sunday, urging the Asean Summit in Bangkok to “confront the world’s climate emergency”.

“This region is highly vulnerable, particularly to rising sea-levels, with catastrophic consequences for low-lying communities, as recently published research illustrated”, he said, pointing out that 70% of the global population most at risk of rising sea levels are within Asean and other countries that will be represented at summits later this week.

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