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King Charles issues new statement from Buckingham Palace

King Charles addressed the UN 4th International Conference

By Web Desk
May 29, 2024
The monarch spoke about the effects of climate change on the world
The monarch spoke about the effects of climate change on the world

King Charles cautioned that the planet is at a "critical juncture" and emphasized that "immediate action is essential" in a message to the United Nations. 

The monarch addressed the UN 4th International Conference on Small Island Developing States on Tuesday. During his speech, Charles asserted that "decisive and courageous measures" are necessary to safeguard vulnerable nations from the impacts of climate change and the loss of biodiversity. 

Speaking from Buckingham Palace, the King remarked: "You have convened at a pivotal time for our planet and for everyone who inhabits it."

“Small Island Developing States exemplify, in so many ways, the challenges facing our world: from rising sea levels, to food and water insecurity; from ever more intense disasters to the disproportionate impact of global shocks.

“Throughout the years, I have been fortunate to visit many small island nations. Time and again - whether in Vanuatu or Barbuda - I have seen the critical challenges you face, and how they can multiply to a terrifying and existential degree.”

The video, recorded earlier this month, shows the King sitting at a wooden desk in a navy suit and patterned tie.

Charles called on leaders to “build the ambition for practical, on-the-ground actions, and safeguard the future of our precious and singular planet.”

The SIDS4 Conference, backed by the UK government, is being held from May 27 to May 30 in St John’s, Antigua and Barbuda.

The King concluded his address stating: “The issues before you could hardly be more important. Your future is our future. Our islands, our oceans, our planet and, ultimately, all of us need bold and determined action.”