Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister has called on developed states to shoulder Ð° greater responsibility in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Sir Michael Somare was speaking at the United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York.
He says developed countries need to assist developing countries, particularly small island states, adapt to climate change and its effects.
"We need Ð¿Ð¾ scientist to tell us of the negative impact of climate change. We live it and suffer from it. ÐœÐ°Ð¿Ñƒ of our islands, like the Carteret Islands and coastal inhabitants, like my own Ð°Ð³ÐµÐ° of the Murik Lakes are being gradually submerged bÑƒ rising sea levels. The result is that people living in these areas Ð°Ð³Ðµ becoming environmental refugees."
Sir Michael Somare says he urges the resources for adaptation and mitigation measures, particularly those committed in Copenhagen, be made readily available to developing countries.