For America, COVID-19 was about leadership and a measure of hope.

The failure of advanced economies to effectively curb their greenhouse gas emissions is adding to sea-level rise and is particularly vulnerable to the waters of island and low-lying nations.

“We simply have no higher ground to cede,”David Kabua

“We simply have no higher ground to cede,” Marshall Islands President David Kabua said in a prerecorded speech at Wednesday’s summit.

Countries that agreed in the 2015 Paris climate accord to try to limit the rise in global temperatures to 1.5 degrees Celsius would avert the worst effects of warming.

If this is to be achieved, scientists believe, global emissions will need to be halved by 2030 and brought to zero by 2050.

“The difference between 1.5 degrees and 2 degrees is a death sentence for the Maldives,”Ibrahim Mohamed Solih

“The difference between 1.5 degrees and 2 degrees is a death sentence for the Maldives,” said President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih on Tuesday in front of heads of state and government.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who had been in treatment for COVID-19 since he was infected last year, showed far more defiance in testimony before the UN.

The Pacific island nation of Palau warned that time ran out for the world.

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