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Pacific island states pushed aside in race for UN funds: Kiribati

Published on Mar 12, 2014 4:20 PM

ULAN BATOR (REUTERS) - Tiny Pacific island nations, among those hardest hit by climate change, are being outmuscled by larger states in the race to get United Nations funds earmarked for climate change adaptation, Kiribati's agriculture minister said on Wednesday.

At a meeting in the Mongolian capital Ulan Bator where land-locked developing countries and small island states debated how to ensure future food security amid hotter weather and rising sea-levels, Mr Elisala Pita slammed the UN's funding mechanisms.

"They promise a lot of funding, but the criteria to access them are so complicated, and we lack the capacity," he told Reuters.

The low-lying South Pacific island nation of Kiribati has an average height of 2m above sea level, making it one of the countries most vulnerable to rising waters and other climate change effects.

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