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Pacific message on climate change gaining traction with major powers

Pacific message on climate change gaining traction with major powers

Updated 24 September 2014, 11:41 AEST

Representatives from more 120 countries are holding a summit on climate change at the United Nations.

The aim at the New York meeting is to galvanise member states to sign up to a comprehensive new global climate agreement next year.

In his opening remarks, the U-N Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon described climate change as the defining challenge of our age.

The Chief Executive of the Climate Development Knowledge Network, Sam Bickersteth, says he's encouraged by the stand being taken on climate change by the Pacific Islands, and the world's other small island developing states at the UN Director-General's Summit in New York.

Mr Bickersteth's network advises decision-makers in developing countries on climate compatible development, and has brought together leaders from the Pacific and elsewhere for a meeting on the sidelines of the summit that focussed on renewables.

And he says it's clear that their message is cutting through with most of the major powers like never before.

Presenter: Richard Ewart

Speakers: Sam Bickersteth, Chief Executive, Climate Development Knowledge Network,

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