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Latino Daily News

Tuesday October 12, 2010

Guatemala Getting Help to Recover from Onslaught of Natural Disasters

An international conference opened in Guatemala today to help in the reconstruction of the Central American country after devastating volcanic eruptions and torrential rains, with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon pledging full United Nations support.

“We will continue to work hand-in-hand with national authorities and partners to provide coherent and responsive support to Guatemala in its effort to achieve its stated goal of ‘recovery and reconstruction with transformation,’” he added, noting that the “tremendous human suffering, material destruction and economic losses” have raised concerns over the effects of extreme weather associated with climate change.

ImageSuch tragedies “highlight the need for concrete action at the upcoming UN Convention on Climate Change, which begins next month in Cancún, [Mexico],” he stressed.  The convention is part of the world effort to stabilize human-caused greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere that could lead to global warming, violent storms and fierce droughts.

                               

(above: sink hole in Guatemala that swallowed a three-story building in July)