Obama with leaders of small island states after Tuesday's meeting

Obama with leaders of small island states after Tuesday’s meeting

United States’ President Barack Obama underscored the impact of climate change on the world’s most vulnerable countries in a meeting with the heads of government of small island countries earlier this week.

The 40-odd countries in the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) negotiating group at the COP 21 climate conference face rising sea levels that threaten to submerge their livable land.

The meeting with Obama, attended by the leaders of St Lucia, Barbados, Kiribati, and the Marshall Islands, among others, was intended to elevate the role of the countries in the Paris negotiations. AOSIS countries have been pushing for more ambitious action to stem greenhouse gas emissions at the Paris conference. Current projections suggest that some countries may disappear entirely within decades without action.