19 Dec 2009

Solomon Islands Ambassador to UN says deal in Copenhagen is frightening

1:28 pm on 19 December 2009

Solomon Islands Ambassador to the United Nations says the climate change deal struck at the Copenhagen conference is frightening for small island nations.

The agreement is not legally binding, and sets a goal of limiting world temperatures to no more than 2 degrees above pre-industrial times.

Ambassador Collin Beck says that falls short of the 1.5 degree goal being sought by small island states, and raises serious issues for their future.

"We're really talking about their demise in certain areas, food security and water security, now once we do that for some of the islands we have to look at relocation. It opens issues of that, not only of relocation, but of adaptation, new finances again."

Collin Beck says its disappointing they haven't been able to participate in striking the deal, which was reached by the United States, India, China, South Africa and Brazil.