ALLIANCE OF SMALL ISLAND STATES (AOSIS)DECLARATION ON CLIMATE CHANGE 2009
We, the Member States of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS),
meeting in New Yorkthis 21st day of September,
that climate change poses the most serious threat to our survival andviability, and, that it undermines our efforts to achieve sustainable development goals andthreatens our very existence;
that emerging scientific evidence shows that the effects of human-induced climatechange are worse than previously projected and that the impacts of climate change which weare already experiencing including sea level rise, more frequent and extreme weather events,ocean acidification, coral bleaching, coastal erosion, and changing precipitation patterns, willfurther intensify;
that despite the mitigation commitments made by Parties to the UnitedNations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and its Kyoto Protocol,especially those of the developed countries, global emissions continue to increase, leading torapidly accelerating impacts, accompanied by costs and burdens that are beyond the ability ofmany, but, especially the small island developing states (SIDS) and other particularly vulnerablecountries, to control;
by the lack of apparent ambition within the international climate changenegotiations to protect SIDS and other particularly vulnerable countries, their peoples, culture,land and ecosystems from the impacts of climate change and our further concern at the slowpace of these negotiations;1.
call upon the international community, with the developed countriestaking the lead, to undertake urgent, ambitious and decisive action to significantly reduceemissions of all green house gases, including fast action strategies, and to support SIDS,and other particularly vulnerable countries, in their efforts to adapt to the adverse impacts ofclimate change, including through the provision of increased levels of financial andtechnological resources.2. We underscore that adaptation must be an urgent and immediate global priority.3. We firmly maintain that the UNFCCC is the primary international, intergovernmental forumfor negotiating the global response to climate change.4. We reaffirm the principles enshrined in the Rio Declaration and the UNFCCC and its KyotoProtocol, in particular, the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities and