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Incoming UNGA chief says climate financing 'life or death' matter

Abdulla Shahid says UN committee to decide on which Afghan government to recognize

Maldives' Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid poses after an interview with Reuters in New Delhi in January 2020. (File photo by Reuters) 

TOKYO -- The incoming president of the United Nations General Assembly said that getting a positive result at November's COP26 international climate change conference was a matter of "life or death."

Abdulla Shahid, foreign minister of the Maldives, will begin his term presiding over the UN's main body just weeks before the COP26 meeting in Glasgow, Scotland -- a gathering that will be crucial to limiting the global temperature rise.

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