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Published on Dec 13, 2010
Democracy Now! - democracynow.org - One of the most impassioned speeches at the U.N. Climate Change Conference last week came from the head of the delegation of Tuvalu, the small Pacific island nation. "We cannot afford to have endless meetings," said Enele Sopoaga, Tuvalu's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs, speaking at the main U.N. plenary in Cancún. "Most importantly, we cannot afford to be held hostage by countries finger-pointing on climate change, particular those who cause climate change... This is a 'life and death' survival issue for Tuvalu." The Alliance of Small Island States, including Tuvalu, signed on to the agreement reached over the weekend called the Cancún Accord. Democracy Now! recorded his speech.
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